Ford Madox Ford: Vision, Visuality and Writing

Ford Madox Ford: Vision, Visuality and Writing

by Laura Colombino
     
 

This book spans the most significant phases of Ford’s literary production, from his art criticism to his main modernist novels: The Good Soldier, Parade’s End, The Rash Act and Henry for Hugh. The aim is to explore the uncharted territory of Ford’s interest in the scopic field, claiming that his investigation

Overview

This book spans the most significant phases of Ford’s literary production, from his art criticism to his main modernist novels: The Good Soldier, Parade’s End, The Rash Act and Henry for Hugh. The aim is to explore the uncharted territory of Ford’s interest in the scopic field, claiming that his investigation of the optical unconscious is his most original contribution to the modernist concern for the stream of consciousness.
This is the first in-depth study of Ford’s interest in the gaze and how it is related to writing, painting, music, sculpture, visual technologies and forms of popular entertainment. Undermining the clichéd critical vision of Ford as the last Pre-Raphaelite or proto-Futurist, this study analyses Ford’s fascination with the visual avant-garde and his response to the revolution of photography and (proto-) cinematographic forms from the specific angle of the scopic drive. Part history, part theoretical discussion embedded in the close reading of the texts, this book is also concerned with Ford as a great stylist whose writing strives to project an image of itself and its structures in the reader’s eye. Drawing inspiration from psychoanalysis and art criticism, the author capitalises on the theories of Jacques Lacan, Rosalind Krauss, Hal Foster, Jonathan Crary, and Norman Bryson to disclose the fascinating and baffling universe of Ford’s gaze.
This is a revised and extended English translation of the original book Ford Madox Ford: Visione/visualità e scrittura.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783039113965
Publisher:
Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2008
Series:
Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts Series , #1
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 5.91(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Laura Colombino is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Genova, Italy. She has published articles on Thomas Hardy, Ford Madox Ford, A.S. Byatt, J.G. Ballard, Iain Sinclair, Michael Moorcock and Geoff Ryman. She is currently working on a book about London’s architecture in contemporary British fiction.

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