'Windows' Conference Proceedings Just Published

Friday 20 May 2016

The Window Front CoverA selection of the papers given at the 'Windows' conference, held at the Institute in July 2013, is now available. Edited by the conference organisers, Heide Kunzelmann and Anne Simon, The Window: Motif and Topos in Austrian, German and Swiss Art and Literature, appears as volume XV in the series 'London German Studies', published by the IMLR in conjunction with iudicium verlag, Munich.

The volume shows how an object as central to our mundane, everyday life as the window comes to govern every aesthetic discourse that concerns itself with openness and knowledge. It seeks to identify common strategies in literature, the fine arts and architecture from different epochs for exploiting the window's potential as a physical portal as well as a metaphor for human interconnectedness and self-perception. The individual essays explore the aesthetic potential of the window, of its components and the elements it helps to subtract from its environment. While they approach the function of the window in literature, the arts and in material and abstract culture from very different perspectives, all address certain paradigmatic elements of a discourse about windows.

Contributors: Heike Bartel, David Darby, Konrad Harrer, Heide Kunzelmann, Richard Littlejohns, Kate Roy, Henriette Steiner, Anne Simon, Kristin Veel, Gianna Zocco.

ISBN 978 0 85457 248 9 • 210pp • 2016
[ISBN 978 3 86205 438 1]