The Ekphrastic Turn: Inter-art Dialogues

Asunción López-Varela and Ananta Charan Sukla (eds)

Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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The Ekphrastic Turn: Inter-art Dialogues is the first volume of the CompLit InterArt book series in the New Directions in the Humanities book imprint. Placing emphasis on the storytelling aspects of intermedial and transmedial configurations, this collection studies the role of art in the construction of cultural processes, helping build a bridge between theoretical academic research and social practices. It brings together scholarship in intercultural studies by drawing on social narrative theory and semiotics as analytical tools to expand on the models of comparative literature. It also explores how communicated experiences and the stories behind them bring about social change and empowerment.

"The Ekphrastic Turn: Inter-art Dialogues is a collection of articles dedicated to intermediality, the study of media interrelations. Its focus is mainly on aesthetic media types such as theater, music, dance, written literature, cinema, performance, painting, and calligraphy. While the collection contains contributions from several renowned intermediality scholars, its most remarkable quality is perhaps the impressive global reach regarding authors and highly interesting subject areas." - Lars Elleström, Head of Linnæus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies


"While exploring inter-art dialogues and transfers across a variety of media ranging from dance, performance, and music to digital arts, this rich volume combines intermedial and cross-cultural analysis and probes disciplinary borders by introducing perspectives from literary, arts and media studies, historiography, and semiotics." - Marina Grishakova, Professor of Comparative Literature at University of Tartu

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 12.024MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Illinois.

Dr. Asunción López-Varela

Associate Professor, English Studies, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Asun López-Varela is an associate professor at Complutense University Madrid. Her research interests are comparative literature, cultural studies, and inter-art semiotics. She has been a visiting scholar at Brown University and Harvard University and a visiting professor at Delhi University, Beijing Language and Culture University, and Kazakh National University. In 2007, she established the research program Studies on Intermediality and Intercultural Mediation (SIIM). Currently, she is on the Executive Committee of the European Network of Comparative Literary Studies and is part of the Association of Alumni of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University. She is also an external evaluator for the EU’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and Horizon 2020.

Ananta Charan Sukla

Senior Professor, Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, Orissa, India

Ananta Charan Sukla is a renowned philosopher of art, religion and language, poet, playwright, short story writer, translator, scholar, and researcher of comparative literature and aesthetics. Sukla is also a former professor of English and comparative literature at Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, Odisha, India. With a triple MA in English, philosophy, and Sanskrit, and a PhD in comparative literature from Jadavpur University, Sukla is the founder and editor of the international half-yearly Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics and founder and director of Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics.

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