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Relaunching the European Avant-Gardes
Book review / Cultural Theory and Concepts

Relaunching the European Avant-Gardes

The publisher calls it an “introduction” to the works, the authors, the currents, and the contexts of the European avant-gardes in the period 1905-1935 (three decades that in Anglo-Saxon criticism are often called “High Modernism”, a powerful streamlining of the exceptional dynamism and diversity of these years). But this is really not the best word to qualify the “portable guide” proposed by one of the leading voices in the field. Continue reading

French Cartoon Art in the 1960s and 1970s
Book review / Cultural Theory and Concepts

French Cartoon Art in the 1960s and 1970s

Launched in 1959 by René Goscinny and Jean-Michel Charlier, partially in reaction to the unfair labor conditions offered by the then leading comics magazines, Pilote is considered today the publication that made the bridge between traditional children and adolescent comics magazines such as Tintin or Spirou and adult comic journals such as Fluide Glacial and Métal Hurlant (which will even develop a US sister publication). Continue reading

Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing
Book review / Cultural Theory and Concepts

Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing

A reading suggestion for the summer: Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing by Stuart Moulthrop and Dene Grigar and with foreword by Joseph Tabbi, described as “An exercise in reclaiming electronic literary works on inaccessible platforms, examining four works as both artifacts and operations.” Continue reading

Adaptation studies after the fidelity issue
Book review / Cultural Theory and Concepts

Adaptation studies after the fidelity issue

For many decades, scholars of adaptation studies have been quarreling on the flaws and merits of the so-called fidelity issue, that is the (biased) idea that the novel is always better than the film and that the value of a movie thus depends on its more or less faithful recreation of the original, whatever all these terms (recreation, faithful, original) may mean. Continue reading