Mavis Gallant: The Eye and the Ear by Marta DvorakMavis Gallant: The Eye and the Ear by Marta Dvorak

Mavis Gallant: The Eye and the Ear

byMarta Dvorak

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Repositioning Mavis Gallant as a late modernist figure, this book interrogates the Paris-based Canadian expatriate at the juncture of multiple, transnational interacting fields. Marta Dvořák draws on private correspondence and conversations with the Gallant who loved pictures, films, and music to examine her relations with the arts and to interrogate how modernity’s aesthetic systems meet within a transcontinental cultural context. Deploying philosophical aesthetics, Dvořák identifies the formal painterly, cinematic, and musical dynamics which light up Gallant’s writing. Dvořák opens a dialogue between Gallant and other international modernists and also with those they were reading, watching, and listening to. These range from the moving pictures which shaped her generation to the rhythm and dissonance of modernist compositions and jazz, which – like the Cubist rupture with academic spatial perspective – spearheaded modernity’s aesthetics of dislocation.

How does Gallant’s work work? The analogies drawn between Gallant and certain European filmmakers provide a visual key to the writer’s sleights-of-hand and tonal shifts. Through hands-on analyses focusing on the eye and the ear, Dvořák investigates the osmosis between Gallant’s texts (including her critically neglected novels) and both music and visual culture. The adventurous close readings offer guiding interpretive keys to readers dazzled or puzzled by "a writers’ writer."

Marta Dvořák was born in Budapest, raised in Canada, and appointed professor of Canadian and World Literatures at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she became close to Mavis Gallant.
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Title:Mavis Gallant: The Eye and the EarFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 1, 2019Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1487505302

ISBN - 13:9781487505301

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Repositioning Mavis Gallant as a late modernist figure, this book interrogates the Paris-based Canadian expatriate at the juncture of multiple, transnational interacting fields. Marta Dvořák draws on private correspondence and conversations with the Gallant who loved pictures, films, and music to examine her relations with the arts and to interrogate how modernity’s aesthetic systems meet within a transcontinental cultural context. Deploying philosophical aesthetics, Dvořák identifies the formal painterly, cinematic, and musical dynamics which light up Gallant’s writing. Dvořák opens a dialogue between Gallant and other international modernists and also with those they were reading, watching, and listening to. These range from the moving pictures which shaped her generation to the rhythm and dissonance of modernist compositions and jazz, which – like the Cubist rupture with academic spatial perspective – spearheaded modernity’s aesthetics of dislocation.How does Gallant’s work work? The analogies drawn between Gallant and certain European filmmakers provide a visual key to the writer’s sleights-of-hand and tonal shifts. Through hands-on analyses focusing on the eye and the ear, Dvořák investigates the osmosis between Gallant’s texts (including her critically neglected novels) and both music and visual culture. The adventurous close readings offer guiding interpretive keys to readers dazzled or puzzled by "a writers’ writer."

Table of Contents

Acquisitions: Mapping World and Work
An Acrostic for Mavis
Mavis, Osmosis, and the Artful Dodger
The Medium Calling the Tune?
Why Degas?
Mavis, the (Moving) Pictures, and Music
Border Blur
Beyond Our Current Way of Seeing
Is it Dead or Alive?
Gallant’s Shining Language: Wholeness, Harmony, and Radiance
The Rest is Just Rice Pudding’: Compression and Expansion
Not Mad, Not Drowning, Not Ophelia: A Poetics of Rhythm
The Oratorical Triad: Like Looking Into the Sun
Upstairs and Downstairs: The Banal and the Barbarism
The Calf and the Ox: Comical Cleavage
Poetic Speech and the Heard Word
Metre and the Art of Sinking and Rising Again
Visual Overlays: Page and Screen
An Ellipsoidal Narrative Rhythm through which Ideas Rush: Where Import Lies
Dissonance and Syncopation
Silent, Flickering Areas of Light: Making Strange
Tougher than Bulldogs: The Odd Man Out
Tum Titty: Adjacency Pairs
Frame-breaking: The Real and the Reel
Surfeit and Lack
Text/Image, Border Blur, and Cubist Realism
You Paint Not What You See but What You Know Is There
Never Happier than in an Artist’s Studio: Intersections
Taking Apart and Putting Together
A Fraught Realism
Who Is I and When Is Here?
Simultanism vs Clocktime
The Subject-Centred Perceptual Apparatus
Double Vision: From Shortcut to Short Circuit
How Can You Tell What Somebody’s Worth? What’s the Measure?

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Editorial Reviews

"Superb—every page of this book brings fresh insights into Mavis Gallant’s writing—a major accomplishment, nothing short of a new poetics of style."

- W.H. NEW, poet and literary critic