WORD, IMAGE, BOOK
In what ways are text and image dependent on each other?
In what ways can the relationship between them be pushed, made
more surprising? We will explore this spectrum of
relationships through a variety of source material and
creative exercises. Every two weeks or so, students
will produce either a creative exercise based on the most recent
reading, or a two-page response paper on that text. Please
bring enough copies for everyone (black and white xeroxes are
fine, no matter how elaborate the originals). Your fellow
students will then have a week to read over and write comments
on the work before we discuss it in class. Students are
expected not to miss more than two classes.
Aside from the exercises and discussions of
the readings, you will be asked as a final project to
produce a short book, or similarly integrated artefact of
creative work, and the work must incorporate both textual and
visual elements in some way. You may choose to work
collaboratively with someone in the visual arts, or to do all of
the work yourself. Keep in mind that if you are not a
visual artist, you are not expected to become one suddenly; the
important thing is the relationship you create between the two
media. While you may incorporate the exercises you have
already done, you should develop and expand on these ideas.
Besides the texts we will read in class, you might find ideas
from any number of sources: comic books and graphic novels,
illuminated manuscripts, advertisements, electronic media, field
guides, scientific illustrations and diagrams, etc.
If you have any special needs that may
require accommodations or if you will miss a class because of a
religious holiday, please contact the instructor by the third
week of class.
The Art of Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy, Stephen Addis,
Harry N. Abrams
The Illustrated Books of William Blake, v. 1: Jerusalem,
Ubu Roi, Alfred Jarry, Barbara Wright trans., Franciszka
Themerson, illus., New Directions
The Rape of the Lock, Alexander Pope, illustrated by
Aubrey Beardsley, Dover
Vertigo, W. G. Sebald, New Directions
Illuminated Manuscripts: Treasures of the Pierpont Morgan,
William Voelkle, et al. Abbeville Press.
Source Codes, Susan Wheeler, New Salt Press
Week I: 1/30 Introduction, history of illustration for Pope’s
“Rape of the Lock”
Week II: 2/6 Pope, Dover edition, all. Assignment: a
single page of illustrated text
Week III: 2/13 Blake, introduction and cantos 1-33, with
corresponding plates, response paper
Week IV: 2/20 Blake, cantos 34-67 and plates. Assignment:
design for a printer’s plate
Week V: 2/27 Blake, cantos 68-100 and plates, response
paper. Library, artists’ book room, 11:00
Week VI: 3/6 Voelkle. Assignment: a bound object
Week VII:3/13 Voelkle. Assignment: the illuminated
Week VIII: 3/20, Addis, intro and chapters 1-3, response paper
Week IX: 3/27, Addis, chapters 4-7. Assignment: writing
and drawing as the same action
Week X: 4/3 Susan Wheeler, all, response paper
Week XI: 4/10 assignment: collage. Susan Wheeler’s reading
Week XII: 4/17 Sebald, chapters 1, 2, 3, response paper
Week XIII: 4/24 Sebald, chapter 4. Assignment:
Week XIV: 5/1 Jarry, response paper
Week XV: 5/8 Presentation of final projects
SUPPLEMENTAL READING LIST
Addis, Stephen. Takebe Socho and the Haiga Tradition.
University of Hawaii Press. Haiga is the Japanese tradition of
combining haiku and paiting.
Ashbery, John. Girls on the Run. Farar, Straus and
Giroux, 1999. Based on the paintings of Henry Darger, see below.
-----. The Vermont Notebook. With Joe Brainard.
Granary Books. Ashberry writing in collaboration with visual
Backhouse, Janet. The Illuminated Manuscript. Phaidon.
------. The Lindisfarne Gospels. Phaidon.
Bantock, Nick. The Griffin and Sabine Trilogy, The Museum at
Purgatory, Urgent 2nd Class (on making collage), Chronicle
Barnes, Djuna. The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5
Drawings. Sun and Moon Classics, 1994.
Barnes, Julian. A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters.
New York: Vintage International, 1989. Different
retellings of Noah and the flood, including commentary on
Gericault’s painting on the wreck of the Medusa, reprinted in
Barthes, Roland. Empire of Signs. Richard Howard,
translator. New York: Hill and Wang, 1982.A semiotic
reading of Japanese culture, employing photographs.
Bashō. Back Roads to Far Towns: Bashō’s Oku-no-hosomichi.
Cid Corman and Kamaike Susumu, translators. Illustrated by
Hayakawa Ikutada. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1968.
Bergen, Brooke. Storyville: A Hidden Mirror. Wakefield,
RI: Asphodel Press, 1994. Group of poems about the red
light district in New Orleans, using and responding to Ernest
Berssenbrugge, Mei Mei: Endocrinology. Kiki Smith,
illustrator. Berkeley: Kelsey Street, 1997. Kelsey
Street specializes in collaborative projects between writers and
----: Sphericity. Richard Tuttle, illustrator.
Berkeley: Kelsey Street, 1993.
Blake, William. The Illuminated Books, Volume 1: Jerusalem,
edited by Morton D. Paley. Volume 2: Songs of Innocence and
Experience, edited by Andrew Lincoln. Volume 3:
The Book of Thel and Volume 4: The Continental
Prophecies, edited by D. W. Dörrbecker. Volume 5:
Milton a Poem, edited by Robert N. Essick and Joseph
Viscomi. Volume 6: The Urizen Books, edited by David
Worrall. Also: The Complete Illuminated Books.
----. Songs of Experience and Songs of Innocence.
Facsimile edition. New York: Dover Publications, 1971.
Bocksay, Georg and Joris Hoefnagel. Nature Illuminated:
Flora and Fauna from the Court of the Emperor Rudolf II.
Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum.
Brasil, Emanuel and William Jay Smith, editors. Brazilian
Poetry 1950-1980. Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University
Press, 1983. Includes many examples of visual poetry.
Breton, Andre: Mad Love. Prose, hard to categorize
(prose poetry? manifesto?) with photographs.
University of Nebraska Press.
----. Nadja. Novel-memoir with photographs. Grove
----. Young Cherry Trees Secured Against Hares.
Edward Roditi, translator. New York: View Editions, 1946. Cover
by Marcel Duchamp, with illustrations by Arshile Gorky.
Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. Illustrated by John
Tenniel. The Annotated Alice (notes by Martin Gardner, published
by Bramhall House) gives some background on the illustrations.
Clowes, Daniel. David Boring. New York: Pantheon,
2000. Graphic novel.
-----. Ghost World. Fantagraphics Books, 1997
-----. Ice Haven. Pantheon.
Conjunctions #32: Eye to Eye: Writers and Artists. Bradford
Darger, Henry, and Michael Bonesteel. Henry Darger: Art and
Selected Writings. Rizolli, 2000. See also: John
McGregror’s Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal,
Delano Greenidge Editions 2002, and John Ashbery’s Girls
on the Run, an ekphrastic poem on Darger’s work.
Davenport, Guy. Objects on a Table: Harmonious Disarray in
Art and Literature. Washington, DC: Counterpoint,
1998. An example of art criticism, includes plates.
Dobbs, J. R. The Book of the SubGenius: Being the
Divine Wisdom, Guidance, and Prophecy of J. R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs,
High Epopt of the Church of the SubGenius. Simon and
Schuster, 1987. Combines pop imagery and cult icons.
Drescher, Henrik. Turbulence. Chronicle
Books. Collage-painting that includes text.
Drucker, Joanna. A Century of Artists’ Books. Granary
Eisner, Will. Comics and Sequential Art. Poorhouse Press
Ekelöf, Gunnar. A Mölna Elegy. Translated by
Muriel Rukeyser and Leif Sjöberg. Greensboro, NC: Unicorn
Press, 1984. Poems, includes some marginal drawings.
Ernst, Max. Une Semaine de Bonté, collage novel, Dover.
The Hundred Headless Women. Collage as with Une Semaine
de Bonté, but includes text.
----. A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil.
George Braziller, 1982, as above.
Frankel, Nicholas. Oscar Wilde’s Decorated Books. Ann
Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2000.
French, Calvin L., et. al. The Poet-painters: Buson and His
Followers. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1974.
Giscombe, C. S. Giscome Road. Normal, Ill: Dalkey
Archive, 1998. Poems, incorporating maps.
Gordon, Karen Elizabeth. Paris out of Hand: A Wayward Guide.
With Barbara Hodgeson and Nick Bantock. Chronicle Books.
Guest, Barbara. Stripped Tales. Berkeley: Kelsey
Street Press, 1995. Poems, with paintings by Anne Dunn.
—. Symbiosis. Poems, with artwork by Laurie Reid.
Berkeley: Kelsy Street Press, 2000.
Halsbad, Robert. The Rape of the Lock and Its Illustrators:
1714-1896. London: Oxford UP, 1980.
Heffernan, James A. W. Museum of Words: The Poetics of
Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery. University of Chicago
Hemon, Aleksandar. The Question of Bruno. New York:
Doubleday, 2000. Short stories.
Howe, Susan. Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979.
New York: New Directions, 1996. Uses engravings,
paintings, visual elements in text, etc.
----. Pierce Arrow. New York: New Directions,
1999. Poems, include photos, drawings, facsimile pages,
Jarnot, Lisa. Some Other Kind of Mission. Poems with
Johnson, Pauline. Creative Bookbinding. NY, NY: Dover.
Jones, David. The Anathemeta: Fragments of an Attempted
Writing. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1952.
Includes some of Jones’ paintings.
Kelly, Robert. The Book of Persephone. New York: Treacle
Press, 1978. Poems, includes some monochrome pictures,
hard to find.
Kwo, Da-Wei. Chinese Brushwork in Calligraphy and
Painting. Dover Publications.
LaPlantz, Shereen. Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques for
Making Books, Journals and Albums. Ashville, NC: Lark
Lear, Edward. The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear. New
York: Dover, 1951.
Mathews, Harry. Selected Declarations of Dependence.
Illustrated by Alex Katz. Los Angeles: Sun and Moon Press,
1996. Various derangements of popular sayings.
McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.
Michaux, Henri. Meidosems. Santa Cruz, CA: Moving Parts
Press, 1992. Translated by Elizabeth Jackson. Prose poems and
lithographs by the author.
Miller, Frank. Sin City (graphic novel series). Dark
Navarre, Joan. The Publishing History of Aubrey Beardsley’s
Compositions for Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Dissertation.
Olson, Mary. Fair and Varied Forms: Visual Textuality in
Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts. Rutledge, 2002.
Osman, Jena. The Character. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.
Poems using unusual typography and elements of the periodic
Paz, Octovio. Sunstone. Eliot Weinberger, translator.
New York: New Directions, 1987. Long poem, using reproductions
of native Mexican calenders.
Phillips, Tom: A Humanment: A Treated Victorian Novel.
Thames and Hudson.
Robbe-Grillet, Alain. La Belle Captive: A Novel. Ben
Stoltzfus, translator. With paintings by René Magritte.
Berkeley: U of California P, 1995.
Rosenfield, John. Mynah Birds and Flying Rocks: Word and
Image in the Art of Yosa Buson. Spencer Museum of Art,
University of Kansas
Salomon, Charlotte. Leven? or Theater? with
contributions of Judith C.E. Belinfante; Christine
Fischer-Defoy; Ad Petersen; Norman Rosenthal. Translated by
Leila Vennewitz. Zowolle; Amsterdam: Waanders Publishers; Jewish
Historical Museum; Charlotte Salomon Foundation, 1998.
This publication includes four introductory essays and the
reproductions of 769 gouaches with Charlotte Salomon's texts,
translated in English.
Sebald, W. G. The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, Austerlitz
and The Emigrants. Translated by Michael Hulse. New
York: New Directions.
Sibley, David Allen. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of
North America. Knopf
Smith, Keith A. Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or
Glue, Volume 1. Rochester, NY: Keith A. Smith, 1993.
Spiegelman, Art. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale. New York:
Random House, 1986.
Sterne, Lawrence. Tristram Shandy. Famous for its
“marbled page” and “black page.”
Thurber, James. The Beast in Me and Other Animals.
Harvest Books 1973.
----. Fables for Our Time and Fabulous Poems Illustrated.
Harper Collins, 1990.
----. My Life and Hard Times. The Harper Perennial
----. The Owl in the Attic and Other Perplexities. New
York: Grosset and Dulap, 1931.
Timothy McSweeney’s, issue no. 4, late winter 2000. The
“cover art issue,” includes “Notes and Backgrounds and
Clarifying Charts” and Paul Maliszewski’s “Paperback Nabakov.”
Tomasula, Steve. Vas: An Opera of Flatland. Art by Steve
Farrell. Station Hill Press.
The Tres Riches Heures of Jean, the Duke of Berry. George
Ware, Chris. The Adventures of Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest
Kid on Earth. Graphic novel. Pantheon Books.
Wright, C. D. Just Whistle. Photographs by
Deborah Luster. Berkeley: Kelsey Street Press, 1993. Poetry.
Xu Bing, Britta Erickson. The Art of Xu Bing: Words Without
Meaning, Meaning Without Words. Freer Gallery of
Art. Xu Bing’s visual art often uses marks that look like text
but aren’t, or make use of the visual aspects of Chinese
Illustrators: Gustav Doré, Edmond Dulac, Rockwell Kent, Kay
Nielson, Arthur Rackham, N. C. Wyeth, William Hogarth
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