Faculty Colloquium Series: Melanie Hawthorne (INTS) 2/18/20
“Thirty-Six Views of Renée Vivien” Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 4-5 p.m. Location: 311 Glasscock Building Dr. Melanie Hawthorne International Studies, 2019-2020 Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow Abstract: “Thirty-Six Views of Renée Vivien” is a work in progress, a biography of the Anglo-American Belle Epoque writer Renée Vivien (Pauline Mary Tarn, 1877-1909) who published numerous volumes of […]
“Thirty-Six Views of Renée Vivien”
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
“Thirty-Six Views of Renée Vivien” is a work in progress, a biography of the Anglo-American Belle Epoque writer Renée Vivien (Pauline Mary Tarn, 1877-1909) who published numerous volumes of poetry and prose in French (her adopted language) in the first decade of the twentieth century. One the one hand, the project is inspired by the fin-de-siècle French adaptation of Japanese artist Hokusai’s “Views of Mount Fuji,” in which the sacred mountain of Japan is replaced by the Eiffel Tower in an iconic work of japonisme. The other inspiration is the innovative work of photographer Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gas Stations (1963), which pioneered the idea of a list as a form of composition. The biography takes the form of a virtual exhibition in which images, accompanied by a written commentary, evoke different perspectives on the subject.
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