In(ter)Discipline: New Languages for Criticism

Overview

'Interdisciplinarity' has dynamised the Modern Humanities like no other recent academic trend. Yet, this presents serious challenges involving both translation and affect: how can we transmit facts and interpretations, sense and sensations between disciplines, between different artistic media, between cultures, between the private and the public sphere? What are the advantages, the difficulties, and risks? Another challenge concerns language: if single disciplines have produced their own technologies of reading and writing, this book examines and ...
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Overview

'Interdisciplinarity' has dynamised the Modern Humanities like no other recent academic trend. Yet, this presents serious challenges involving both translation and affect: how can we transmit facts and interpretations, sense and sensations between disciplines, between different artistic media, between cultures, between the private and the public sphere? What are the advantages, the difficulties, and risks? Another challenge concerns language: if single disciplines have produced their own technologies of reading and writing, this book examines and breaks the routine to propose alternative languages. Some of the most distinctive voices in criticism, both established and upcoming, from literature, music, the visual arts, psychoanalysis and philosophy, amongst others, show here their commitment to comparative thinking. The challenge has been to reach beyond the jargon and the epistemological constraints of individual disciplines while remaining coherent and incisive. The outcome successfully reveals new links between different forms of cultural expression. Gillian Beer (English Literature, Science Writing), Malcolm Bowie (French Literature, Psychoanalysis) and Beate Perrey (Music, Poetry, Psychoanalysis) are the instigators of the interdisplinary research project New Languages for Criticism: Cross-Currents and Resistances, which since 2002 has been under the auspices of CRASSH, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905981137
  • Publisher: Maney Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Legenda Main Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.93 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors     ix
Preface   Gillian Beer   Malcolm Bowie   Beate Perrey     1
What If? The Language of Affect   Mieke Bal     6
Nuisance Value   Adam Phillips     24
Borges's Blindness and Giacometti's Eyes   Beate Perrey     32
Wittgenstein's Chopin: Interdisciplinarity and 'the Music Itself'   Lawrence Kramer     41
Preserving the Performance: Scholarship as Art?   Gabriele Brandstetter     52
Echoing the 'Mortal Ear': Orfeo's Indiscipline   Peter Szendy     63
Is Music Criticism Criticism?   Malcolm Bowie     67
Modernist Futures   Gillian Beer     74
Conversation, Sport, or Hatchet Job? Criticism and the Power of Metaphor   Katrin Kohl     83
Set Adrift in Style: The Scholar as Fiction and Film-Maker in Jacob's Room   Catherine M. Lord     94
Languages for Learning to Delight in Art   Joanne Lee     107
Loopholes in Performance   Anthony Gritten     114
Etymology and its Others   Daniel Blake Rosenberg     126
Yves Bonnefoy's Recits en reve: The Intersection of Creativity and Critique   Victoria Best     135
On Touching: War, Art, and the Realm of the Senses   Santanu Das     145
Snapshots from the Hereafter: Benjamin, Adorno, and the Critic as Photographer   Carolin Duttlinger     162
Faith and Doubt: An Alternative Dialectic   Patrick Gray     174
Literature and the Theory of Games: Kleist's Verlobung in St Domingo as an Example   Tim Mehigan     188
Towards Discursive Discipline: Dance beyond Metaphor in Critical Writing   Lucia Ruprecht     199
Interdisciplinarity and Public Engagement   Katy Price     211
Bibliography
Works Cited     222
Further Reading     238
Index     241
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