Literature is nourished by other forms of art in multiple ways: as a comment, as inspiration, as a source of fiction etc. I suggest examining these different aspects by analysing some examples.
A preface will be dedicated to the tradition of writing itself: the fascination of hieroglyphs, the stelae of Segalen, the calligrams of Apollinaire, Michaux’s moving signs. I will also address the issue of writing from an anthropologic perspective, in particular with regard to the weak diffusion of writing in Sub-Saharan Africa. Several lessons will be dedicated to photography: reactions of Baudelaire, texts of Claudel, of Surrealists, of Barthes, among others. Then we will move on to painting: Balzac, Baudelaire and Claudel again, Apollinaire and the Cubists, etc. Architecture, dance and music will complete the program. I would like to elaborate on Proust and the pages of the Recherche dedicated to Fortuny, Elstir the painter, Vinteuil the musician, and, of cause, the « petit pan de mur jaune ».Suggested readings, if you wish, are: Le chef-d’œuvre inconnu by Balzac, Le peintre de la vie moderne by Baudelaire, “Calligrammes” by Apollinaire, L’œil écoute by Claudel, La chambre claire by Barthes, and Proust.
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