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Vaguely Islamic

Henri Matisse, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, and Paul Bowles

in Weak Planet: Literature and Assisted Survival

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226477077
eISBN:
9780226477244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226477077.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter turns to weak forms of a strong religion. Against the contrasting examples of Paul Bowles, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton, the blurry Islam in Henri Matisse, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and ... More


Making the Work Work

Alva Noë

in Learning to Look: Dispatches from the Art World

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190928216
eISBN:
9780197601136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190928216.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter reflects on an article in the New York Times that highlighted the concern of museum curators and event planners with finding ways to make works of art accessible to the viewing public. ... More


‘Beautiful, baleful absurdity’: Chinoiserie and Modernist Ballet

Anne Witchard

in British Modernism and Chinoiserie

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748690954
eISBN:
9781474422185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690954.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama

The post-war return of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes to London in 1918 was heralded by colourful posters of a ‘Chinaman’ complete with trailing pigtail. This was Picasso’s design for the Chinese ... More


Formative Force

Jean-Luc Nancy

in The Pleasure in Drawing

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823250936
eISBN:
9780823252671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823250936.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This section describes the concept of formative force in drawing and argues that drawing is the idea, the true form of the thing. More precisely, it is the gesture that arises from the desire to show ... More


The Pleasure of Drawing

Jean-Luc Nancy

in The Pleasure in Drawing

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823250936
eISBN:
9780823252671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823250936.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This section argues that drawing is represented, experienced, and experimented with as a compulsion. This compulsion is evident in several painters such as Michelangelo, whose “genius led him to the ... More


The Line’s Desire

Jean-Luc Nancy

in The Pleasure in Drawing

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823250936
eISBN:
9780823252671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823250936.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The line designates as its origin the point of contact between a thought and a gesture, between a sensibility and an activity. The line that divides and draws a form can be compared to the arrow ... More


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