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Frameworks for Mallarmé: The Photo and the Graphic of an Interdisciplinary Aesthetic

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Countering the conventional image of the deliberately obscure "ivory-tower poet," Frameworks for Mallarme presents Stephane Mallarme as a journalist and critic who was actively engaged with the sociocultural and technological shifts of his era. Gayle Zachmann introduces a writer whose aesthetic was profoundly shaped by contemporary innovations in print and visual culture, especially the nascent art of photography. She analyzes the preeminence of the visual in conjunction with Mallarme's quest for "scientific" ...
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Overview

Countering the conventional image of the deliberately obscure "ivory-tower poet," Frameworks for Mallarme presents Stephane Mallarme as a journalist and critic who was actively engaged with the sociocultural and technological shifts of his era. Gayle Zachmann introduces a writer whose aesthetic was profoundly shaped by contemporary innovations in print and visual culture, especially the nascent art of photography. She analyzes the preeminence of the visual in conjunction with Mallarme's quest for "scientific" language, and convincingly links the poet's production to a nineteenth-century understanding of cognition that is articulated in terms of optical perception. The result is a distinctly modern recuperation of the Horatian doctrine of ut pictura poesis in Mallarme's poetry and his circumstantial writings.
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“…fascinating and beautifully written … Frameworks for Mallarmé is a model of rich interdisciplinary scholarship … it makes a valuable contribution to Mallarmé studies while appealing to general audiences interested in literature, art history, history, media studies, photography, psychology, and nineteenth-century European studies.” — Romanic Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791475935
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayle Zachmann is Director of the University of Florida’s Paris Research Center and Associate Professor of French at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

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List of Abbreviations

Introduction Picture this ... 1

1 Frames of Reference I: Une exquise crise, fondamentale 15

2 Frame of Reference II: Le futur vers se degage 35

3 Frames of Consciousness in "Igitur": Devant le papier l'artiste se fait 61

4 Framed Works and Mallarme: The steadfast gaze of a vision restored to its simplest perfection 91

5 Frame Works for Mallarme: Dans l'oubli ferme par le cadre se fixe, de scintillations 123

6 Interartistic Frameworks: Employez des comparaisons prises atous les arts, mais la poesie les resume 149

Coda: Exposing Change - Quotidian Frameworks and Developing Movements 165

Notes 171

Bibliography 189

Index 203

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