Literature

Fictional Artworks. Literary Ékphrasis and the Invention of Images

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The volume is devoted to images in painting, photography and cinema invented by literature. At the same time it intends to question, through this perspective, the relationship between text and image, between verbal and visual in modern and contemporary literature. The authors investigate the mutual boundaries between literature and arts from the point of view of aesthetics, visual culture and literary theory, trying to build a map of the notional ékphrasis, a description which constitutes the work of art while telling it. Valeria Cammarata is assistant professor of Comparative Literature,... Read more →

Plots and Plotters. Double Agents and Villains in Spy Fictions

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The aim of this collection of essays is to explore “negative characters” in the espionage narratives of some of the most esteemed English writers, such as Conrad, Maugham, Ambler, Greene, Fleming, McEwan among others. The role of women is analysed, in particular with the figure of Mata Hari, so as to provide a gender perspective on women as villains and/or double agents. The relationship between literature and film studies is also considered in a comparative approach. Carmen Concilio is Associate Professor of English and postcolonial literature at the University of Turin.... Read more →

 
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