Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0001267, Fri, 6 Sep 1996 15:51:51 -0700

call for proposals re VN & Music

I am soliciting paper proposals for a possible volume on Nabokov and Music
in a new book series _Border Crossings: Modernism in
Music, Literature, and Visual Arts_ to be brought forth by
Garland Publishers.

Below you will find a description of the series provided by the
general editor. For this specific volume, we would prefer to go beyond the
obvious "Images of Harpsichord in Nabokov's _XXX_", and hope for a
variety of nontraditional approaches. Inquiries into the relationship
between N's prose/poetry and the work of specific composers are
especially encouraged.

Please send a short (about 200 words) proposal by September 30th
to Lisa Zunshine: zunshine@humanitas.ucsb.edu
Questions, queries, suggestions are welcome.

> Garland Publishing announces Border Crossings: Modernism in Music,
> Literature, and the Visual Arts, a new book series that will investigate the
> often tense relations among music, literature, and other arts during the
> Modernist period. The Modernist age was torn between two conflicting
> models. According to the first model, words, music, painting, dance, and
> all the arts were cooperant toward a single huge aesthetic experience, the
> total art work. According to the second model, each individual art medium
> fiercely asserted its autonomy, its distinctness, its private aims, against
> encroachment by other art media. One of the purposes of this series is to
> explore these patterns of transgression and resistance among art media,
> during a time of the most intense experimentation at the verges of the
> aesthetic phenomenon.
> This series will consider other sorts of frontier disputes among the
> arts as well. A notable feature of certain Modernist works is a kind of
> artistic transvestism: one art medium borrows certain themes or styles or
> goals appropriate to an entirely different medium. In this way certain
> literary works attempt to _become_ music, throughly strictly verbal means;
> and certain musical compositions attempt to secure for themselves the
> flatness and rapid apprehensibility of a painting.
> The Modernist age also contested the boundaries between the arts and
> the rest of culture: should art remain hermetically sealed from politics and
> economics, or should art participate in issues discussed in the newspapers?
> This series will also consider these border defenses and border crossings
> between art and common life.