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

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

by Gayle Zachmann

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Frameworks for Mallarme: The Photo and the Graphic of an Interdisciplinary Aesthetic by Gayle Zachmann

The influence of photography and visual culture on the French poet, journalist, and critic.

Countering the conventional image of the deliberately obscure “ivory-tower poet,” Frameworks for Mallarmé presents Stéphane Mallarmé 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 Mallarmé’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 Mallarmé’s poetry and his circumstantial writings.

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)

About 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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