In this Book

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The Modernist Bestiary centres on Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée (1911), a multimedia collaborative work by French-Polish poet Guillaume Apollinaire and French artist Raoul Dufy, and its homonym, The Bestiary or Procession of Orpheus (1979), by British artist Graham Sutherland. Rather than reconstructing the lineage of these two compositions, the book uncovers the aesthetic and intellectual processes involved that operate in different times, places and media. The Apollinaire and Dufy Bestiary is an open-ended collaboration, a feature that Sutherland develops in his re-visiting, and this book shows how these neglected works are caught up in many-faceted networks of traditions and genres. These include Orphic poetry from the past, contemporary musical settings, and bestiary writing from its origins to the present. The nature of productive dialogue between thought and art, and the refracted light they throw on each other are explored in each of the pieces in the book, and the aesthetic experience emerges as generative rather than reductive or complacent. The contributors’ encounters with these works take the form of poetry and essays, all moving freely between different disciplines and practices, humanistic and posthumanist critical dimensions, as well as different animals and art forms. They draw on disciplines ranging from music, art history, translation, Classical poetry and French poetry, and are nurtured by approaches including phenomenology, cultural studies, sound studies, and critical animal studies. Collectively the book shows that the aesthetic encounter, by nature affective, is by nature also interdisciplinary and motivating, and that it spurs the critical in addressing the complex issues of 'humananimality'.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title
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  1. Comparative Literature and Culture
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Notes on Contributors
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Headpiece: Oblique and prolonged
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  1. 1 Graham Sutherland – The Bestiary or the Procession of Orpheus: An introduction
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  1. 2 The Voice of Light: Nature and Revelation in the Bestiary or the Procession of Orpheus
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  1. 3 Ombre Terreuse: Shades of Meaning in Vergil, Ovid and Apollinaire
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  1. 4 Apollinaire’s Octosyllabic Quatrain, Translation and Zoopoetics
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  1. 5 Animals on Parade: Collecting Sounds for l’histoire Naturelle of Modern Music
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  1. 6 Beasts of Flesh and Steel: The Post-Industrial Bestiaries of Apollinaire, Dufy and Sutherland
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  1. 7 How is Orpheus Honoured? Procession, Association and Loss
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  1. 8 Notes Towards a Hybrid Bestiary: Out of Apollinaire, Sutherland and Others
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  1. Tailpiece
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787351516
Related ISBN
9781787351578
MARC Record
OCLC
1155808941
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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