Description : In the aftermath of her father's death, Caroline, a young American woman, returns to New York to attend to final arrangements, oversees the death of a best friend, and tests the limits of love and the power of art in the face of life's inevitabilities. By the author of Ghost Dance. Reprint.
Description : A wild ride that sets quirky and lively humanity against the grinding, impersonal forces of war, history and power.' Library Journal. A thrilling tale of art, beauty and love on the eve of war. In 1938 the Sonderprojekte is established under the watchful eye of Adolf Hitler, aka The Collector — and Germany begins to 'acquire' the great artworks of Europe. Twenty-six-year-old Ernst Vogler is sent to Rome to collect a famous marble statue, The Discus Thrower, and return with it to Berlin in three days. Those few days will change his life forever.
Description : ?Pub Inc This thesis examines the interrelated connections between eroticism and metafiction in three contemporary postmodern women writers: Carole Maso, Rikki Ducornet, and Joanna Scott. In the hands of the American women writers Carole Maso, Rikki Ducornet, and Joanna Scott the realist novel no longer maintains a recognizable linear and pragmatic style. As writers who inhabit the marginal categories "experimental" and "woman"--Labels emphasizing their aberration and discrepancy with a patriarchal Western literary tradition--they challenge exclusionary, universalizing tendencies in genre paradigms. Although each author aims to formulate a self-identity outside premeditated social constructions, all three also strive to create an artistic ethos that is inclusive, open to multivalent perspectives, and endorses polyphonic discourses. These three writers employ what I term erotic metafiction, a writing technique embodying the infinite possibilities of lived experience to inscribe language with inexhaustible potential. In chapter one Carole Maso's The Art Lover 1990) extends the formative and emotional prospects for the novel as an artistic expression. Metafictional strategies such as frame stories, narrative fragmentation, infusing graphics and inserting a biographical account into the novel create a multivocal reading experience. This disintegration of definable boundaries within the novel challenges the reader to construct his or her own experience from the disparate elements in the creative presentation. In chapters two and three I argue that Rikki Ducornet's The Fan-Maker's Inquisition (1999) and Joanna Scott's The Manikin (1996) interrogate the ways in which historical narratives are analogous to fictional artifacts in their distinctly one-sided construction. Ducornet's The Fan-Maker's Inquisition challenges definitive social constructions by invoking a Sadeian economy of desire. A fictional Sade and his friend, Parisian fan-maker Gabrielle, enact a subversive counter-language embedded in the imagination to manipulate and falsify prohibitive cultural activities. Scott's The Manikin incorporates Gothic conventions to parody essentializing tendencies in the historicization process to enact new or hidden possible realities outside totalizing orthodoxy.
Description : This publication is devoted to the phenomenon of the artist novel, and whether it can be considered to be a medium in its own right within the visual arts. Visual artists create different strategies to integrate their novels into their practice. Introducing traits that are particular to narrative literature into the visual arts implies the accentuation of some features over others, such as narration, fiction, identification, and the act of reading and its protracted engagement, as well as distribution in public space. An artist’s approach comes fundamentally from the visual arts. The creation of an artist novel doesn't differ from any other artwork. Both processes feed into each other as they evolve within the same body of works. Thanks to the contributions of a selected group of artists, writers, curators, and scholars this publication strives to demonstrate that literature, when treated by visual artists, can take place well beyond the space of the book.
Description : Art lovers are passionate seekers, but locating the works of the great masters can often present a challenge. In The Art Lover?s Pocket Guide, author Dr. Henry P. Traverso offers a guide to locating the works of the most popular and well-known Western visual artists worldwide. Featuring diverse artists such as Joseph Albers, Picasso, Monet, Francisco de Zurbaran, and a host of others, this comprehensive handbook provides essential biographical information and historical context for more than 250 visual artists. It follows with an orderly list of each artist?s works and where those works are located throughout the world, including museums, galleries, churches, monasteries, athenaeums, universities, parks, and libraries in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Both an easy-to-search database and a crash course in art history, The Art Lover?s Pocket Guide provides an enhanced understanding of the arts along with the tools needed to plan an art history trip and to better navigate museums.
Description : This book discusses the significance of late twentieth century and early twenty first century American fiction written in response to the AIDS crisis and interrogates how sexual identity is depicted and constructed textually. Pearl develops Freudian psychoanalytic theory in a complex account of the ways in which grief is expressed and worked out in literature, showing how key texts from the AIDS crisis by authors such as Edmund White, Michael Cunningham, Eve Sedgwick – and also, later, the archives of The ACT UP Oral History Project - lie both within the tradition of gay writing and a postmodernist poetics. The book demonstrates how literary texts both expose and construct personal identity, how they expose and produce sexual identities, and how gay and queer identities were written onto the page, but also constructed and consolidated by these very texts. Pearl argues that the division between realist and postmodern, and gay and queer, respectively, is determined by whether the experience expressed and accounted is mediated through the psychoanalytic categories of mourning or melancholia, and is marked by a kind of coherence or chaos in the texts themselves. This study presents an important development in scholarly work in gay literary studies, queer theory, and AIDS representation.
Description : A meditation on life, death and the intensity of existence follows the journey of a mother and child who share an increasingly dangerous psychic and physical terrain where once-hidden elements are revealed and where both become subject to a terrible wisdom and impossible transformations.
Description : Presents a fictional portrait of pioneering artist Emily Carr, whose independence, boldly original artwork, and unconventional approach to life overcame Victorian restrictions to blaze a new path for twentieth-century women artists.
Description : A woman's search for love and independence in a strange city far away from home French Lover is the story of Nilanjana, a young Bengali woman from Kolkata who moves to Paris after her marriage to Kishanlal, a restaurant owner. Kishanlal's luxurious apartment seems to Nilanjana to be a gilded cage, and she feels stifled within its friendless confines. Her marriage, where she functions as little more than a housekeeper and a sex object, is far from fulfilling and Nilanjana looks desperately for a way out of the boredom and depression that threaten to engulf her life. It is at this point that she meets Benoir Dupont, a blond, blue-eyed handsome Frenchman, and is swept off her feet. Benoir introduces Nilanjana to the streets, the cafes and the art galleries of Paris. In her passionate, sexually liberating relationship with Benoir, she finally begins to have an inkling of her own desires. The relationship ends when Nilanjana realizes that Benoir's first priority is himself and not the woman he loves, and that her need for him has ended. But her road to self-discovery has only just begun...Bold in concept and powerful in execution, French Lover is a fascinating glimpse into the workings