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Pamela Antonia Genova
University of Oklahoma, Norman (Norman, OK 73019-3003)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2005 – 6/30/2005

The Influence of Japonisme on Nineteenth-Century French Writers

My book presents an interdisciplinary study of 'Japonisme' in the prose of four French authors from the 1800s: de Goncourt, Zola, Huysmans, and Mallarmé. Defined as the presence of techniques, styles, and motifs of Japanese art in nineteenth-century French painting, 'Japonisme' actually surpasses the boundaries of the visual, as writers also adapt these elements from painting to prose. I introduce a theoretical notion, 'aesthetic translation,' the process of writers integrating principles of painting, while I address issues of cultural communication implied in the reading of Eastern arts by representatives of the West. 'Japonisme' is essential in the development of French art, inviting aesthetic experimentation and foreshadowing Modernism.