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VAS: An Opera in Flatland / Edition 1

VAS: An Opera in Flatland / Edition 1

by Steve Tomasula, Stephen FarrellSteve Tomasula
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Printed in the colors of flesh and blood, VAS: An Opera in Flatland—a hybrid image-text novel—demonstrates how differing ways of imagining the body generate diverse stories of history, gender, politics, and, ultimately, the literature of who we are.

A constantly surprising, VAS combines a variety of voices, from journalism and libretto to poem and comic book. Often these voices meet in counterpoint, and the meaning of the narrative emerges from their juxtapositions, harmonies, or discords. Utilizing a wide and historical sweep of representations of the body—from pedigree charts to genetic sequences—VAS is, finally, the story of finding one's identity within the double helix of language and lineage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226807409
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/01/2004
Edition description: 1
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 1,076,474
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

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Charles Bernstein

"With striking visual aplomb, VAS casts factoids off the steps of the Temples of the Predetermined into the yet-to-be-written name of errant possibility."

Marjorie Perloff

"Tomasula's imagination, his satiric edge, his wildly comic sense of things, combined with Farrell's inventive page lay-out make reading this 'Opera in Flatland' an unforgettable experience."

Rikki Ducornet

"A breathtaking inquiry into the artifacts of the human imagination, VAS . . . is sensuous, ferocious, and original."

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