n De Arte - Editorial

Volume 2010, Issue 81
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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In this issue David Paton introduces the reader to 'The imagistic text in Jonathan Safran Foer : Tracing unconventional texts from Kerouac to the artist's book', in which he focuses his attention on the imagistic properties of texts in certain contemporary novels and the influence of artists who work within and around the conventions of the book. This article explores the relationship between Jonathan Safran Foer's novel (2005) and structural linguistic and visual conventions found in selected artists' books. Of particular concern are aspects such as the self-reflexive interventions made by the author to draw attention to the novel's meta-narratives. He also explores the seemingly random use of imagery as elliptical illuminations, the manipulation of the typographic conventions of the page for imagistic and affective purposes, and, lastly, the use of a flip-book structure at the end of the book, suggesting an alternative conclusion and the reader's collusion in averting history.

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