Turbulence of the Fin-de-siècle: Arts Through the Looking-Glass of Intermediality (68112)

Session Information: Interdisciplinary Language, Literature & Arts
Session Chair: Mykyta Isagulov

Saturday, 27 May 2023 12:15
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

The paper addresses the fin de siècle period as a time when most intermedial processes became more visible and fruitful, and started playing a more substantial role. The epoch is investigated through the prism of intermediality which manifested itself as a valuable tool, process, and phenomenon in the development of arts and media – particularly through the birth of photography and cinematography. Overall, these changes led to placing intermedial processes among the key ones impacting arts and moving forward the would-be modernist and postmodernist subconscious and self-reflective intermedial techniques and media-based experiments. The role of intermediality in the fin de siècle epoch and the reverse impact of the period on intermediality (in particular, syncretic processes) is assessed through the turbulent events of the time, i.e., the key economic and historic developments, as well as cultural and artistic ‘turnaround’ processes. The paper concludes that the turbulence of the epoch and the spreading of various new artistic movements, new aesthetics and philosophies, including decadence aesthetics, impacted the development of mixed (intermedial) arts, stimulated their multiplying, as well as active exploration of intermedial forms and genres in all arts. The period also stimulated the growth of the role of a literary medium due to the introduction of mass publishing and the growth of literacy rates, which set the basis for would-be theories on intertextuality, text as a dominant form of recording, and ‘canvas’ created by all media.

Mykyta Isagulov, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Mykyta Isagulov is a doctoral student at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. His research interest covers intermediality and British modernist literature.

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