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Porous Boundaries

Texts and Images in Twentieth-Century French Culture


Jérôme Game

After the key moments of the livre d’artiste (from Manet/Mallarmé to Picasso/Reverdy) and Surrealist art, how did the text/image relationship evolve in twentieth-century French culture? By what epistemological and aesthetic frameworks was it determined and, in turn, what new signs and practices, what new meanings did it produce? This book offers a series of answers to these questions by looking at several case studies including Marguerite Duras’ filmic rewriting, Pierre Klossowski’s shift from writing to painting, contemporary video-poetry, Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical engagement with Bacon and Giacometti, and CD-Rom aesthetics. What brings the various essays in this volume together is a challenging new reading of the text/image relationship as a porous boundary through which texts and images no longer merely illustrate or stand by each other but interpenetrate, hybridise or restructure one another.
Contents: Jérôme Game: Genealogies of the Porous: The Text/Image Relationship from Representation to Differentiation – Hervé Castanet: Inhuman Diana – Jacques Rancière: The Space of Words: From Mallarmé to Broodthaers – Marie-Claire Ropars: On Filmic Rewriting: Contamination of the Arts or Destruction of Art’s Identity? – Raymond Bellour: Picture-Book – Nathalie Wourm: Poetry in Moving Image: The French Avant-Garde – Jean-Michel Rey: The Discourse of the Exhibition – Timothy Mathews: Space, Place and Virtuality: Gilles Deleuze with Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti – Jean-Marie Gleize: An Incoherent Bleue.