The Art of the Text

Visuality in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literary and Other Media

Editor(s) Susan Harrow

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism, Modern Languages

Series: Studies in Visual Culture

  • September 2013 · 256 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9780708326596
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708326602
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783165797

About The Book

The Art of the Text contributes to the fast-developing dialogue between textual studies and visual culture studies. It focuses on the processes through which writers think and readers respond visually and, in essays by researchers in literature, screen and visual studies, the volume explores the visuality of the literary and non-literary text, with a sustained focus on French material of the later nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Visuality is appraised here not as a state, but as a set of processes of adaptation, resistance, negotiation, and transformation. By reading visually, the contributors here reactivate the visual-textual relations of canonical texts - from Romanticism to Naturalism, Surrealism to high Modernism; from film to fan literature, television to picture language.


"How do writers think visually? How do readers respond visually to the written word? This exciting volume offers fresh insights within the rapidly evolving field of visual culture studies by pinpointing an important but as of yet underdeveloped area: the visuality of text. Drawing on a wide spectrum of practices, each affording a compelling instance of cross-fertilization between the written and the visual, the volume assembles wonderful close readings of important experimental works. Twelve international experts show how canonical creators have been inspired by thinking between the written word and a range of visual phenomena related to photography, textile, cinema, television, sculpture, painting, portraits, Isotype symbols, colors, lights, and black holes. "The Art of the Text "deserves a place on the bookshelves of anyone interested in intermedial adventure."--Shirley Jordan, Queen Mary, University of London


List of illustrations Notes on contributors Preface 1. Introduction Susan Harrow Thinking the Visual Image 2. Jules Verne: The Unbearable Brightness of Seeing Timothy Unwin 3. Affinities of Photography and Syntax in Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu Aine Larkin 4. Portraits and Neologisms: Understanding the Visual in Henri Michaux's 'Voyage en Grande Garabagne' Nina Parish 5. Into the 'trou noir': Visualizations of Nihilism in Nietzsche and Modiano Jenny Devine Intermedial Migrations in the 1920s 6. Painting and Cinema in Aragon's Anicet Katherine Shingler 7. Isotypes and Elephants: Picture Language as Visual Writing in Otto Neurath Michelle Henning 8. Colette : An Eye for Textiles Anne Freadman 9. Stars as Sculpture in the 1920s Fan-Magazine Interview Michael Williams Visual Negotiations and Adaptations 10. Victor Hugo and Painting: The Exceptional Case of the Orientales Karen Quandt 11. Visions and Re-visions: Zola, Cardinal and L'Aiuvre Kate Griffiths 12. Donner a voir: Poetic Language and Visual Representation according to Paul Eluard Peter Hawkins 13. A Heteromedial Analysis of Chantal Akerman's Proust Adaptation Jorgen Bruhn

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Susan Harrow

Susan Harrow is Ashley Watkins Professor of French at the University of Bristol. Her research interests lie in modern poetry and narrative, and in the interrelation of literary modernism and visual culture. She is the author of books on modern French poetry and narrative.

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