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Seeing Things

Vision, Perception and Interpretation in French Studies


Simon Kemp and Elizabeth Saxton

Seeing Things explores all matters visual within the field of French studies. It brings together writings on French literature, philosophy and the visual arts, both from established critics and the new generation of young academics. From post-Freudian psychoanalysis through postmodernist theory to cognitive science, questions of vision have gained an unprecedented prominence in contemporary discourse. Seeing Things looks at the intersections of these questions with the concerns of Romance studies, and discovers fertile new territory in the crossover. Whether investigating the correspondences between photography and the novel, philosophy and perception, or time and film, the studies included here offer a radical exploration of western culture’s kaleidoscope of images.
Contents: Libby Saxton/Simon Kemp: Introduction – Martin Crowley: ‘Que pourrait-on montrer d’autre que ce qu’on voit?’: Duras and the Photography of the Real – Nick Hanlon: Baudrillard’s Aesthetic – Patrick Sheil: Neither Here nor There: Merleau-Ponty on Vision and Existence – Stamatina Dimakopoulou: On Seeing in Surrealism: Max Ernst’s Objects of Vision – Rakhee Balaram: Eyes Wide Open, Eyes Wide Shut: Defining the Surrealist Eye – Hannah Westley: Visions of the Muse in Michel Leiris’s L’Âge d’Homme – Alistair Swiffen: Seeing Double/Hearing Things: In(s)anity in the Aumonymes of Robert Desnos – Claire Boyle: Resisting the Whole Picture: The Gaze, and Reading Autobiographies by Nathalie Sarraute and Georges Perec – Sonya Stephens: Baudelaire and Courbet: The Art of the Unfinished – Ariane Smart: Hugo Visionnaire: Realism and Symbolism in the Myth of Paris – Blandine Chambost: The Mesmerizing Muse: Salome seen by Moreau and Mallarmé – Jean Khalfa: Seeing the Present – Emma Wilson: Screening Pleasure: Touch and Vision in Contemporary Cinema (Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Trois Couleurs: Blanc) – Carol O’Sullivan: Picturing Characters: Zazies à gogo.