"My own portrait in writing" : self-fashioning in the letters of Vincent van Gogh (Book, 2015) [WorldCat.org]
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"My own portrait in writing" : self-fashioning in the letters of Vincent van Gogh

Author: Patrick Grant
Publisher: Edmonton, Alberta: AU Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Cultural dialectics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume builds on Grant's earlier analysis of Van Gogh's correspondence, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh: A Critical Study (AU Press, 2014), a study in which he approached the letters from a literary critical standpoint, delving into key patterns of metaphors and concepts. In the present volume, he provides instead a literary theoretical analysis of the letters, one that draws them more fully into the domain of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Personal correspondence
Correspondence
Correspondance
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grant, Patrick, 1941-
"My own portrait in writing".
Edmonton, Alberta : AU Press, [2015]
(DLC) 2014481294
(OCoLC)921888427
Named Person: Vincent van Gogh; Vincent van Gogh; Vincent van Gogh; Vincent van Gogh; Vincent van Gogh
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Grant
ISBN: 9781771990455 1771990457 9781771990585 1771990589
OCLC Number: 901996690
Description: xiv, 183 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Dialogical Structure of Self-Fashioning --
1 The Painterly Writer --
2 Binaries, Contradictions, and "Arguments on Both Sides" --
3 Reading Van Gogh' Letter-Sketches --
4 Imagination and the Limits of Self-Fashioning --
Conclusion: Envoi.
Series Title: Cultural dialectics.
Responsibility: Patrick Grant.

Abstract:

This volume builds on Grant's earlier analysis of Van Gogh's correspondence, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh: A Critical Study (AU Press, 2014), a study in which he approached the letters from a literary critical standpoint, delving into key patterns of metaphors and concepts. In the present volume, he provides instead a literary theoretical analysis of the letters, one that draws them more fully into the domain of modern literary studies. In his deft and keenly perceptive reading, Grant deconstructs the binaries that surface in both Van Gogh's writing and painting, discusses the narrative dimensions of the letter-sketches and the recurring themes of fantasy, belief, and self-surrender, and draws attention to Van Gogh's own understanding of the permeable boundary between words and visual art.

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