The Non-Medium Specificity of ‘Graphicality’

Session Convenor

Nathan J Timpano, University of Miami ntimpano@miami.edu

Session Abstract

Writing in the 1840s, the celebrated American Gothic author Edgar Allan Poe coined the term ‘graphicality’ to describe the manner in which his short stories could ‘paint’ striking, or even startling, images in the minds of his readers. It is equally known that the ‘graphicality’ of Poe’s essays and tales inspired a number of 19th-century European modernists, including Charles Baudelaire, Edouard Manet, and Paul Gauguin, to name only a few.

Given the importance of Poe’s theory to the field of American literature, as well as to the development of French modern literature and painting, this panel seeks to expand the legacy of ‘graphicality’ as a non-medium specific principle across European modernism, especially in the literary, visual, and performing arts.

Historical topics may include Poe’s supposed influence on British writers and visual artists, or the manner in which Poe’s theory more broadly affected French and non-French modernists alike. Papers that address postmodern art and theory are also welcome, particularly those that trace the historiography of ‘graphicality’ to more contemporary art practices. In other words, how might we conceive of ‘graphicality’ as an appropriate, interdisciplinary concept within the expanded field today?

To offer a paper
Please email your paper proposal direct to the session convenor, details above.

Provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because it will appear online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenor.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 November 2018

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