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Literary Texts & the Arts

Interdisciplinary Perspectives


Corrado Federici and Esther Raventos-Pons

Literary Texts & the Arts’s sixteen essays explore numerous aspects of both the theoretical and applied relationships between textuality in the form of novels, plays, and poems and visuality in the form of the photographic, artistic, or cinematic image. Topics range from the linguistic and artistic attempts to express the inexpressible or the transcendent in notions of the sublime, where the essence of phenomena eludes the communicative and epistemological capacity of words and images, to postmodern representations of time and cinematic adaptations of literary texts. The photographic image is also examined as autonomous language that stands in opposition to the verbal and the written text and as a complementary mode that shares some communicative structures and modalities with the word while not being reducible to it. The thread that runs through all of the essays is the assertion of the «constructive» or power of the word (spoken, recited, written) and the image (representational, mimetic, nonrepresentational) to create meanings as well as the implication that, somehow, that capacity is partial because it is limited by the inherent nature of the means of expression.
Contents: Martha Nandorfy: Sublime Negation in García Lorca’s Apocalyptic Imagery – Kenneth Holmqvist/Jaroslaw Pluciennik: Image and Imagination in the Theory of the Sublime – Charles Russell: Explorations of Postmodern Time, Space and Image – Klaus van den Berg: The Theatrical Image as a Site for Organizing Historical Experience: Heiner Müller’s Germania Death in Germany –Elaine Arvan Andrews: Coming to the Light: The «Uncannny» of Diane Arbus – Laura Barrett: Ekphrastic Photographs: A Study in Time and Timelessness – Nancy Pedri: Reading the Photographic Text with Lalla Romano – Leslie Boldt-Irons: Crossing over into Painted Space: Artaud’s Retrieval of Self in the Work of Paolo Uccello – Heather Dubnick: Borges and the Kaleidoscope: Coloring, Temporality, and Ineffability – Gayana Jurkevich: Affinities of Pen and Brush: Azorin’s Visual Tropology – Pauline Phipps: The Symbolic Body of the Historical Subject – Christina Wallace: The Portrait and the Mirror: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Idea of Artistic Expression – Valeria Camporesi: Fahrenheit 451, the Film. The Nouvelle Vague between Books and Television – Catherine Ann Collins: The Iconography of Hope and Despair in Ferlinghetti’s and Stone’s Representations of Richard Nixon – Kuei-Lan Anna Ma: Prospero’s Books vs. The Tempest: A Synthesis of Shakespeare’s Ideas and Style into Film Form – Katherine Weiss: Mechanization and the Mechanized Eye in Beckett’s Play and Film.