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Pilgrimage as Transformative Process

The Movement from Fractured to Integrated

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Edited by Heather A. Warfield and Kate Hetherington

The construct of transformation has emerged as a prominent theme in academic discourse. Based on the accepted notion that processes and living organisms are in an ongoing state of development, it is unsurprising that this concept of transformation would find resonance within literature on the pilgrimage phenomenon. Examples of transformational processes intersecting with pilgrimage are the movement from sickness to wellness, from grief to closure and from fractured to integrated. That the pilgrimage journey itself can be construed as a transformational quest was noted by Winkleman and Dubisch (2005), who stated “Life-transforming experiences are at the core of both ‘traditional’ and more contemporary forms of pilgrimage”. In the current volume, Warfield and Hetherington examine the transformational process of pilgrimage journeys. Contributors are Sharenda Holland Barlar, Anne M. Blankenship, Valentina Bold, Shirley du Plooy, Alexandria M. Egler, Miguel Tain Guzman, Kate Hetherington, Scott Libson, Chadwick Co Sy Su, Kip Redick, Roy Tamashiro and Heather A. Warfield.
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Photographic Ekphrasis in Cuban-American Fiction

Missing Pictures and Imagining Loss and Nostalgia

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Louisa Söllner

Photographic Ekphrasis in Cuban-American Fiction offers new readings of Cuban-American novels and autobiographies, demonstrating that a focus on photographs (alluded to, analyzed, and/or obsessively recurrent in the narrative discourse) provides fresh insights into these texts. The study introduces the concept of photographic ekphrasis as a reading tool for diasporic literature and argues that visual images are important components of narratives about dislocation, nostalgia, and transcultural experience. Authors treated in depth include Carlos Eire, Cristina García, Oscar Hijuelos, Roberto G. Fernández, Ana Menéndez, Achy Obejas, and Gustavo Pérez Firmat. Missing Pictures offers an original perspective on Cuban-American literature and contributes to the scholarship on ekphrasis and on the interactions between photography and narrative.
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Lacan and Cassirer

An Essay on Symbolisation 

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Antoine Mooij

The Neo-Kantian philosopher Cassirer and the psychoanalyst Lacan are two key figures in the so-called medial turn in philosophy: the notion that any form of access to reality is mediated by symbols (images, words, signifiers). This explains why the theories of both philosophers merit a description in their own unique idioms, as well as having their respective basic tenets compared. It will be argued that, rather surprisingly, these tenets turn out be complementary - actually correcting each other – based on their shared notion of man as an animal symbolicum. Its fruitfulness will be substantiated for a limited number of topics within the humanities: perception, language, politics and ethics, and mental disorder, all to be considered from this perspective.
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Edited by Pepita Hesselberth, Janna Houwen, Esther Peeren and Ruby de Vos

Legibility in the Age of Signs and Machines offers a compelling reflection on what the notion of legibility entails in a machinic world in which any form of cultural expression – from literary texts, films, artworks and museum exhibits to archives, laws, computer programs and algorithms – necessarily partakes in ever-more complex processes of (mass) mediation. Divided over four clusters focusing on desire, justice, machine and heritage, the chapters in the volume explore what makes something legible or illegible to whom or, indeed, what; the kinds of reading, processing or navigating such il/legibility facilitates or forecloses; and the role critical (media) theory, literary studies and the Humanities in general can play in tackling these and related issues.

Contributors: Ernst van Alphen, Anke Bosma, Siebe Bluijs, Sean Cubitt, Colin Davis, Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, David Gauthier, Giovanna Fossati, Isabel Capeloa Gil, Pepita Hesselberth, Yasco Horsman, Janna Houwen, Looi van Kessel, Esther Peeren, Seth Rogoff, Roxana Sarion, Frederik Tygstrup, Inge van de Ven, Ruby de Vos, Peter Verstraten, Tessa de Zeeuw
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Marguerite Duras

Un théâtre de voix / A Theatre of Voices

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Edited by Mary Noonan and Joëlle Pagès-Pindon

Marguerite Duras. Un théâtre de voix / A Theatre of Voices propose une relecture originale du théâtre de Marguerite Duras dans sa dimension à la fois textuelle et scénique. Les articles ici réunis sont écrits par plusieurs des meilleurs spécialistes du théâtre français ou par des praticiens de la scène. Ils témoignent des dernières avancées de la recherche, particulièrement dans les domaines de la voix et du son. Les auteurs démontrent, par des analyses précises et approfondies d’un large éventail des pièces de Duras, que ses innovations scéniques ont eu un impact radical sur le développement de la forme théâtrale. L'ouvrage offre également la lecture d'un entretien inédit en français de Duras sur son théâtre en 1985. Ce livre est donc une ressource indispensable pour les étudiants de la littérature française, ainsi que pour les étudiants du théâtre contemporain.

Marguerite Duras. Un théâtre de voix / A Theatre of Voices presents a radical reappraisal of the plays of Marguerite Duras. The essays are written by some of the leading scholars in French theatre studies today. A number of the approaches, particularly in the areas of voice and the auditory, are at the cutting-edge of contemporary performance research. The authors demonstrate, by precise and detailed analysis of the full range of her plays, that Duras was a trailblazer, and that the startling ways in which she manipulated the languages of the stage have shaped the development of the form. The book is a therefore a vital resource for students of French literature and culture, and for students of contemporary theatre.
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Das Nichts und das Sein

Buddhistische Wissenstheorien und Transzendentalphilosophie

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Edited by Helmut Girndt

Dreißig Jahre kollegialer Beziehung zwischen der Japanischen und der Internationalen Fichte Gesellschaft haben im Band 46 der Fichte Studien ihren Ausdruck gefunden, einer Sammlung von Aufsätzen auf der Grundlage transzendentaler Philosophie (Kants, Fichtes und Husserls) und klassischer Texte des Mahayana Buddhismus (und der japanischen Kyoto Schule). Ohne unvereinbare Unterschiede zwischen westlichem und östlichem Denken zu leugnen, finden sie ihre Grundlage in prä-reflexiver Erkenntnis.

Beitragende sind Kogaku Arifuko, Martin Bunte, Luis Fellipe Garcia, Lutz Geldsetzer, Helmut Girndt, Katsuki Hayashi, Saša Josifović, Michael Lewin, Hitoshi Minobe, Kunihiko Nagasawa, Akira Omine, Valentin Pluder, Raji C. Steineck, Johannes Stoffers und Fabian Völker.

Thirty years of friendly connections between the Japanese Fichte Association and the International Fichte Society have found expression in volume 46 of Fichte Studien. It contains a collection of comparative studies between European and Japanese philosophy centered on transcendental philosophy (of Kant, Fichte and Husserl) and classical Mahayana Buddhism (plus Japan´s Kyoto school). Without denying irreconcilable differences between western and eastern thinking these essays demonstrate that western as well as eastern thinking is based on the universal ground of pre-reflexive cognition.
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Intertextualité surréaliste dans la poésie de René Char

Apparitions et réapparitions de l’image d’Artine

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Julie S. Kleiva

Dans Intertextualité surréaliste dans la poésie de René Char, Julie S. Kleiva montre comment la figure d’Artine, initialement une représentante du surréalisme charienne, se transforme en une image complexe, polymorphe et considérablement présente à travers l’œuvre de René Char (1907-1988). En adoptant une approche intertextuelle, Kleiva soutient que la figure d’Artine représente la force déroutante au cœur de l’imagination poétique charienne. L’image revenante d’Artine favorise l’idée d’une continuité dans l’œuvre poétique de Char malgré la rupture articulée au milieu des années 30.

In Intertextualité surréaliste dans la poésie de René Char, Julie S. Kleiva demonstrates how the initially surrealist figure of Artine becomes a complex, polymorphus and, most importantly, significally present image throughout the work of the French poet René Char (1907-1988). By adopting an intertextual approach, Kleiva argues that the figure of Artine is a disturbing and confusing creative agency that corresponds to the core of Char’s poetry. The reappearing image of Artine serves to demonstrate that Char’s poetic rupture of the years from 1935-1937 has been exaggerated, and must be viewed as a development rather than a clean break.
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Nathalie Kremer

En tant que spectateurs de peinture, Diderot et Baudelaire furent aussi toujours et d’abord créateurs. Ce livre montre comment leurs écrits ouvrent la voie à une approche moderne de l’art, où les œuvres sont recréées librement par l’imagination du spectateur.
Ce que nous appelons la « traversée » de la peinture consiste en une approche émotive de l’image, qui se montre sensible aux effets puissants des lignes et des couleurs, dans ce qu’elles incitent à penser ou à rêver. La critique d’art naît ainsi autant de l’adhésion empathique que du détachement du regard à l’œuvre contemplée.
Le lecteur découvrira ici alors la façon dont Diderot et Baudelaire ont traversé la peinture de leur temps pour donner à lire de nouvelles images, inépuisables, à rêver, méditer et savourer en tous temps.

Diderot and Baudelaire were viewers of paintings, but they were first and foremost artistic creators. This book shows how their writings open the way to a modern conception of art, where the works of art are freely recreated in the imagination of the viewer.
What we can call ‘traversing the painting’ consists of an emotional approach to the image, an approach which is sensitive to the powerful effects of line and colour, and the thoughts and dreams that they inspire. Art criticism thus springs as much from empathetic engagement with the artwork as it does from detachment from it.
The reader of this book will discover the way in which Diderot and Baudelaire traversed the painting of their times, proposed new, timeless and inexhaustible visions to meditate on and marvel at.
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Agnon’s Story

A Psychoanalytic Biography of S. Y. Agnon

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Avner Falk

Agnon’s Story is the first complete psychoanalytic biography of the Nobel-Prize-winning Hebrew writer S.Y. Agnon. It investigates the hidden links between his stories and his biography. Agnon was deeply ambivalent about the most important emotional “objects” of his life, in particular his “father-teacher,” his ailing, depressive and symbiotic mother, his emotionally-fragile wife, whom he named after her and his adopted “home-land” of Israel. Yet he maintained an incredible emotional resiliency and ability to “sublimate” his emotional pain into works of art. This biography seeks to investigate the emotional character of his literary canon, his ambivalence to his family and the underlying narcissistic grandiosity of his famous “modesty.”
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Edited by Isabelle Roussel-Gillet and Évelyne Thoizet

Dirigé par Roussel-Gillet et Evelyne Thoizet, La miniature, dispositif artistique et modèle épistémologique s’interroge sur les nouvelles fonctions de la miniature à la croisée des arts, de l’architecture, de la littérature, des sciences et des techniques, depuis le début des années 1960. Ludique, cognitive, didactique, la miniature permet d’abord d’approcher, de comprendre et de dominer la complexité du réel (maquette, modèle réduit, maison de poupée, diorama, aquarium, etc.) mais elle constitue aussi une œuvre d’art à part entière qui change notre rapport au monde et modifie notre regard. Contrairement au fragment et au détail, souvent étudiés, elle représente l’objet dans sa totalité en changeant d’échelle, et ouvre la connaissance et l’imagination à de nouveaux mondes.

Co-edited by Isabelle Roussel-Gillet and Evelyne Thoizet, La miniature, dispositif artistique et modèle épistémologique focuses on the new functions of the miniature at the crossroads of visual arts, architecture, literature, technology and sciences since the early 1960s. Playful, cognitive or didactic, the miniature (as model, dollhouse, aquarium, diorama…) allows us to approach, understand and perhaps dominate a complex reality. Many contemporary artists consider the miniature as a fully-fledged work of art which changes our relationships with the world and modifies our perception. Contrary to the often-studied detail, ornament or fragment, the miniature provides a complete vision of the depicted object in a different scale, and opens knowledge and imagination to new worlds.