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Emma and Edvard Looking Sideways

Loneliness and the Cinematic

Mieke Bal


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In this compelling publication, two masters come face-to-face when the works of Edvard Munch are juxtaposed against Gustave Flaubert’s groundbreaking novel Madame Bovary.  Munch’s art is presented in stills taken from an elaborate video installation, Madame B (2014), created by Michelle Williams Gamaker and the internationally acclaimed cultural theorist, video artist, and curator Mieke Bal. Emma and Edvard Looking Sideways: Loneliness and the Cinematic explores the filmic aspect of Munch’s art by combining contemporary art theory with Bal’s own idiosyncratic way of looking at art – directly and closely. The reader can reflect upon how we view each other in social situations and question what happens when we are denied visual dialogue. 

Mercatorfonds, 9780300229110, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 25, 2017

About the Author

Mieke Bal is a Dutch cultural theorist, video artist, and professor emeritus in literary theory at the University of Amsterdam.