Art and Science in Word and Image

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Art and Science in Word and Image investigates the theme of ‘riddles of form’, exploring how discovery and innovation have functioned inter-dependently between art, literature and the sciences.

Using the impact of evolutionary biologist D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form on Modernist practices as springboard into the theme, contributors consider engagements with mysteries of natural form in painting, photography, fiction, etc., as well as theories about cosmic forces, and other fields of knowledge and enquiry. Hence the collection also deals with topics including cultural inscriptions of gardens and landscapes, deconstructions of received history through word and image artworks and texts, experiments in poetic materiality, graphic re-mediations of classic fiction, and textual transactions with animation and photography.

Contributors are: Dina Aleshina, Márcia Arbex, Donna T. Canada Smith, Calum Colvin, Francis Edeline, Philippe Enrico, Étienne Février, Madeline B. Gangnes, Eric T. Haskell, Christina Ionescu, Tim Isherwood, Matthew Jarron, Philippe Kaenel, Judy Kendall, Catherine Lanone, Kristen Nassif, Solange Ribeiro de Oliveira, Eric Robertson, Frances Robertson, Cathy Roche-Liger, David Skilton, Melanie Stengele, Barry Sullivan, Alice Tarbuck, Frederik Van Dam.

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Keith Williams, DPhil (1991), is reader in English at the University of Dundee. He has published widely on modern literature and media, including H.G. Wells, Modernity and the Movies (2007) and James Joyce and Cinematicity: Before and After Film (forthcoming).

Jan Baetens, Ph.D. (1985), is professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Leuven. He has published widely on contemporary French poetry and word and image studies, including The Graphic Novel (2015, with Hugo Frey) and A Voix haute (2016).

Sophie Aymes, Ph.D. (2001), is senior lecturer at the University of Burgundy (France). Her research focuses on intermediality, printmaking and illustration in 20th century Britain.

Chris Murray, Ph.D (2005), is professor of Comics Studies at the University of Dundee. He has published widely on comics and graphic novels, including Champions of the Oppressed: Superhero Comics, Popular Culture and Propaganda in America during World War Two (2011), and The British Superhero (2017). He is co-editor of the journal Studies in Comics.

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Notes on Contributors


Part 1: On Growth and Form, I: Engagements with D’Arcy Thompson’s Biomorphism in Word and Image

Forme et croissance, I: Le Biomorphisme selon D’arcy Thompson à l’épreuve du texte et de l’image
 1 Riddles of Form: D’Arcy Thompson in Word and Image
Matthew Jarron
 2 The Influence of D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Formon the British Painters of the St. Ives School: The View from Russia
Dina Aleshina

Part 2: On Growth and Form, Ii: Exploring Spirals in Nature, Literature and Art

Forme et croissance, Ii: La Spirale dans la nature, la littérature et les arts
 3 Beyond Formalism: Spirals in Photography from Steichen to Weston
Philippe Kaenel
 4 Profondeur et relief de la spirale chez Marcel Duchamp
Márcia Arbex et Philippe Enrico
 5 Stone Spirals and Retro Fiction: Tracy Chevalier, Joan Thomas, and Mary Anning
Catherine Lanone

Part 3: The Scientific Imagination and Spacetime Visions

Imaginaire scientifique et représentations de l’espace-temps
 6 A Man of Vision: Robert Duncan Milne’s Scientific Fiction and Cinematic Time
Barry Sullivan
 7 Wars of the Worlds: H.G. Wells’s Ekphrastic Style in Word and Image
Madeline B. Gangnes
 8 “Space and Time, Sublimated”: Science in Balla, Boccioni, Cendrars, and Survage
Eric Robertson

Part 4
Avant-gardening: (Horti)cultural Frontiers Past and Present
Jardins et paysages: Des frontières (horti)culturelles hier et aujourd’hui
 9 Diary of a Scotch Gardener: Thomas Blaikie, Travel Writing, and the Construction of Monceau and Bagatelle
Donna T. Canada-Smith
 10 Reading Eden’s Riddles: Words in the Landscape, Texts in the Garden
Eric T. Haskell
 11 Thomas Telford’s Tour in the Highlands: Shaping the Wild Landscape through Word and Image
Frances Robertson

Part 5: Palimpsestuous Histories: Excavating Time in Visual Art and Writing

Histoires palimpsestueuses: Formes écrites et formes visuelles de l’exploration temporelle
 12 Burnsiana
Calum Colvin
 13 The Art of Adriana Varejão: A Challenge to Brazilian Official History
Solange Ribeiro de Oliveira
 14 Les Palimpsestes de Tom Phillips
Francis Edeline
 15 Uncovering the Self: Explorations of Recovery in J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country
Melanie Stengele

Part 6: (Typo)graphic Poetry

Poésie (typo)graphiqu
 16 Warblers and Wild Strawberries: Rewards for Looking in the Works of Moschatel Press
Alice Tarbuck
 17 New Forms for New Explorations and Experiences
Cathy Roche-Liger
 18 Mapping the Text: A Practice-Led Analysis of the Creative Interfaces between Typography and Text
Tim Isherwood and Judy Kendall

Part 7: Riddles of the Ninth Art: Exploring Adaptation in Graphic Novels

Énigmes du neuvième art: L’Adaptation dans les romans graphiques
 19 Trollope and Millais: Words and Images That Illustrate Each Other
David Skilton
 20 Adapting as a Form of Remediation: A Benjaminian Perspective
Frederik Van Dam

Part 8: Intermedial Circuits

(Re)Charging Texts through Images and Images through Text
Parcours intermédiaux:
(Re)lectures croisées du texte et de l’image
21 Exploring the World with Rockwell Kent’s Candide: Intermedial Translation, Paratextual Framing, and Iconographic Landscape
Christina Ionescu
 22 Manufacturing Wonder: Animating Pictures in Steven Millhauser’s Fiction
Étienne Février
 23 Duane Michals: “Photographing Nothing”
Kristen Nassif

Anyone interested in creative relations between art, literature, and other disciplines, especially the natural and physical sciences; specifically, how such relations manifest in forms based on word and image transactions.

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