Artistic Relations: Literature and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-century France

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Yale University Press, 1994 - Art - 352 pages
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In this innovative volume, eighteen leading literary critics and art historians explore the relationship between literature and the visual arts in nineteenth-century France. Analysing contemporary forms of representation from a range of perspectives, they reveal the rich variety of factors that link image and text.
Nineteenth-century France offers a particularly fertile range of connexions between verbal and visual practice. From imaginative writers engaging in art-criticism to transpositions d'art between paintings and texts, there is a diversity of intersection which goes well beyond mere affinity or analogy. The volume also clearly acknowledges the importance of setting the relationship between writers and painters against the social fabric of the period: from the economic and institutional structures of artistic production in which they worked, to the wider pictorial culture - including photography and printing - of the century.
The book owes its origins to the rapid growth of interest in the inter-disciplinary field of cultural studies, and seeks to provide an authoritative but accessible text for students and teachers. It is organised into thematic sub-sections within which different kinds of problems are examined and challenging methodological examples presented. While contributions have been specially commissioned to provide an overview of the field, the stimulating individual views of their authors make them comprehensible and attractive to non-specialists. The book will take its place as the first major work of synthesis on nineteenth-century French literature and art.
 

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Contents

Structures of cultural production in nineteenthcentury France
15
The link between literary and artistic struggles
30
the women of
40
aesthetics art criticism and literary practice
61
Goethe
76
Book illustration
94
Balzac Ingres and the art
111
French photography in the 1850s
130
Stendhals art history and the making of a novelist
192
Victor Hugo somnambulist of the sea
209
narrative approaches to the work of
222
descriptions of painting in the
239
the shaping of a vision
253
Sex and the occult in Symbolist art and literature
264
Orpheus returning
278
Dancing with Mallarme and Seurat and Loie Fuller
291

Manets textual frames
144
migrations of the Romantic image
161
Transpositions
178
Notes
303
Notes on contributors
338
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