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Paragone: Past and Present

A Journal on Rivalry in the Arts

Sarah Lippert


Paragone: Past and Present is dedicated to featuring scholarship on the history of competition between the arts from antiquity into the present. Rivalry is interpreted in the broadest terms from all global contexts. For instance, scholars consider rivalries between individual artists, patrons of the arts, nationalistic competition, aesthetic theory, arts-related organisations, debates over the superiority of one art versus another, ut pictura poesis and word/image studies, etc. Examples of relevant artistic media include graphic design, animation, painting, sculpture, performance, conceptual art, music, literature, theatre, dance, film, and others. Many scholarly disciplines in the humanities will represent the study of these media, such as literary history, philosophy, critical theory, visual communications, art history, and musicology.

Journal of the Society for Paragone Studies.

Postcolonial Past & Present

Negotiating Literary and Cultural Geographies


Edited by Anne Collett and Leigh Dale

In Postcolonial Past & Present twelve outstanding scholars of literature, history and visual arts look to those spaces Epeli Hau’ofa has insisted are full not empty, asking what it might mean to Indigenise culture. A new cultural politics demands new forms of making and interpretation that rethink and reroute existing cultural categories and geographies. These ‘makers’ include Mukunda Das, Janet Frame, Xavier Herbert, Tomson Highway, Claude McKay, Marie Munkara, Elsje van Keppel, Albert Wendt, Jane Whiteley and Alexis Wright. Case studies from Canada to the Caribbean, India to the Pacific, and Africa, analyse the productive ways that artists and intellectuals have made sense of turbulent local and global forces.

Contributors: Bill Ashcroft, Debnarayan Bandyopadhyay, Anne Brewster, Diana Brydon, Meeta Chatterjee—Padmanabhan, Anne Collett, Dorothy Jones, Kay Lawrence, Russell McDougall, Tekura Moeka’a, Tony Simões da Silva, Teresia Teaiwa, Albert Wendt, Lydia Wevers, Diana Wood Conroy

Representing Wars from 1860 to the Present

Fields of Action, Fields of Vision


Edited by Claire Bowen and Catherine Hoffmann

Representing Wars from 1860 to the Present examines representations of war in literature, film, photography, memorials, and the popular press. The volume breaks new ground in cutting across disciplinary boundaries and offering case studies on a wide variety of fields of vision and action, and types of conflict: from civil wars in the USA, Spain, Russia and the Congo to recent western interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the case of World War Two, Representing Wars emphasises idiosyncratic and non-western perspectives – specifically those of Japanese writers Hayashi and Ooka.
A central concern of the thirteen contributors has been to investigate the ethical and ideological implications of specific representational choices.

Contributors are: Claire Bowen, Catherine Ann Collins, Marie-France Courriol, Éliane Elmaleh, Teresa Gibert, William Gleeson, Catherine Hoffmann, Sandrine Lascaux, Christopher Lloyd, Monica Michlin, Guillaume Muller, Misako Nemoto, Clément Sigalas.


Edited by Walter Bernhart and Werner Wolf

This volume contains a selection of nine essays with an interdisciplinary perspective. They were originally presented at the Sixth International Conference on Word and Music Studies, which was held at Edinburgh University in June 2007 and was organized by the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA).
The contributions to this volume focus on self-reference in various systematic, historical and intermedial ways. Self-reference – including, as a special case, metareference (the self-conscious reflection on music, literature and other medial concerns) – is explored, among others, in instrumental music by Mozart, Mahler and Satie, in the structure and performance of (meta-)operas, in operatic adaptations of drama and filmic adaptations of opera, as well as in intermedial novelistic references to music. The essays cover a historical range from the 18th century to the present and are of interest to literary and opera scholars and students, musicologists as well as all readers generally interested in medial self-reference and intermediality studies.


Joanna Woodall

'Painting contains a divine force which not only makes the absent present, as friendship is said to do, but moreover makes the dead seem almost alive.' Taking up Alberti's connection between divine power, mimesis and friendship, this study explores the artistry of the Utrecht portrait specialist Anthonis Mor. It considers Mor's work in relation to reformation debates, and to the challenges to dynastic authority that took place during his lifetime, tracing the breakdown and transformation of belief in 'friendship' or love as a means of binding abstract authority and the embodied world together. Although Mor succeeded Titian as principal portraitist to the Habsburgs, his ambition was not limited to portrayal in a narrow sense. His work enters into dialogue with the elevated conceptions of the artist being enunciated by his humanist friends, and with devotional and allegorical imagery. The book brings Mor's arresting vision to a wider public and reveals its centrality to a broader understanding of how authority was conceived and reshaped in the sixteenth-century. previously published as hardback with isbn 9789040084218.

Skulptur lehren

Künstlerische, kunstwissenschaftliche und kunstpädagogische Perspektiven auf Skulptur im erweiterten Feld

Edited by Sara Hornäk

Die Skulptur heute umfasst Erscheinungsformen sehr unterschiedlicher Art. Plastische, skulpturale oder installative Werke lassen einen Gattungsbegriff zunehmend obsolet erscheinen.
Trotz vielfältiger Entgrenzungstendenzen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst wird die Skulptur der Gegenwart in diesem Band hinsichtlich der Besonderheiten ihres Verhältnisses zum Raum, zum Material, zur Zeit sowie zur Betrachterin und zum Betrachter untersucht. Veränderte Erlebnisqualitäten der im Erfahrungsraum des Subjekts verorteten Skulptur eröffnen mit der Erweiterung des Skulpturalen neue Perspektiven für Lehr- und Lernpro-zesse. Autorinnen und Autoren diskutieren in diesem Band aus Sicht von Kunstwissenschaft, Kunst und Kunstpädagogik verschiedene Formen skulpturalen Denkens und Handelns mit Blick auf Möglichkeiten und Schwierigkeiten, Kunst im Hinblick auf einen erweiterten Skulpturbegriff zu lehren.


Saskia Lourens


The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting in present-day South Africa: André Brink’s On the Contrary

By engaging in a close reading of Andre Brink’s On the Contrary in terms of the text’s concern with reinventing identity by means of both private and public/collective memory, this article seeks to investigate how the imposition of totalizing narratives on diasporic identities can be circumvented. This article will examine how concepts of “diaspora” and “memory” can contribute towards such an exploration of questions in post-apartheid South Africa and what their usefulness is in terms of gaining an insight into the role of South Africa’s history in the confirmation and/or contention of a collective identity.

Emanuel Winternitz

177 EMANUEL WINTERNITZ Rembrandt's 'Christ Presented to the People' -1655 A Meditation on Justice and Collective Guilt') REMBRANDT'S etching of Christ presented to the people is a monumental work, full of enigmas that have not as yet been satisfactorily interpreted. One might have expected that

Manufacturing a Past for the Present

Forgery and Authenticity in Medievalist Texts and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Europe


Edited by János M. Bak, Patrick J. Geary and Gábor Klaniczay

In search of specific national traditions nineteenth-century artists and scholars did not shy of manipulating texts and objects or even outright manufacturing them. The essays edited by János M. Bak, Patrick J. Geary and Gábor Klaniczay explore the various artifacts from outright forgeries to fruits of poetic phantasy, while also discussing the volatile notion of authenticity and the multiple claims for it in the age.

Contributors include: Pavlína Rychterová, Péter Dávidházi, Pertti Anttonen, László Szörényi, János M. Bak, Nóra Berend, Benedek Láng, Igor P. Medvedev, Dan D.Y. Shapira, János György Szilágyi, Cristina La Rocca, Giedrė Mickūnaitė, Johan Hegardt and Sándor Radnóti.