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Title:
On John Berger : telling stories
Author:
Hertel, Ralf, 1973- editor.
ISBN:
9789004306127
Physical Description:
346 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series:
Internationale Forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft, volume 188

Internationale Forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft ; 188.
General Note:
Papers originally presented at a conference titled Ways fo seeing John Berger, held at King's College London on September 6-8, 2013.
Abstract:
This volume offers the first collection of essays on the work of John Berger, one of the most intriguing contemporary English writers. Comprising pieces by an interdisciplinary group of academics, 'On John Berger' spans the full range of Berger's prolific output as art critic, novelist, collaborator on films and photo-text books, and essayist. Writing polemic art criticism, passing on part of the Booker Prize money to the Black Panthers, and quitting the London literary scene in the 1960s in order to settle in the French Alps, Berger has always been a controversial figure. 'On John Berger' explores his self-fashioning as a public figure and simultaneously examines the literary, visual, and collaborative strategies of his work.
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This volume offers the first collection of essays on the work of John Berger, one of the most intriguing contemporary English writers. Comprising pieces by an interdisciplinary group of academics, On John Berger spans the full range of Berger's prolific output as art critic, novelist, collaborator on films and photo-text books, and essayist.

Writing polemic art criticism, passing on part of the Booker Prize money to the Black Panthers, and quitting the London literary scene in the 1960s in order to settle in the French Alps, Berger has always been a controversial figure. On John Berger explores his self-fashioning as a public figure and simultaneously examines the literary, visual, and collaborative strategies of his work.

Contributors: Marta Aleksandrowicz-Wojtyna, John Bowen, Rachel Bower, Jonathan Conlin, Ralf Hertel, Charlotte Kent, Bartosz Lutostański, David Malcolm, Timothy Neat, Tom Overton, Pilar S nchez Calle, Joshua Sperling, Monika Szuba, Richard Turney, Stefan Welz, Milosz Wojtyna


Table of Contents

Ralf Hertel and David MalcolmRichard TurneyStefan WelzJohn BowenMilosz WojtynaMarta Aleksandrowicz-WojtynaBartosz LutostanskiMonika SzubaRalf HerteiRachel BowerTom OvertonCharlotte KentPilar Sánchez CalleDavid MalcolmJonathan ConlinJoshua SperlingTimothy Neat
List of Illustrationsp. 7
Acknowledgementsp. 9
Introduction: On John Berger-Telling Storiesp. 11
1 Fiction
'Naturally, I have changed most of the names': The Johns of A Painter of Our Timep. 31
The Foot of Clive: The Collective in Quarantinep. 49
Economy, Seduction, Transumption: 'Boris' and G.p. 63
Prominent Absences: John Berger's Benjaminian Storytellingp. 77
Spatiotemporal Gymnastics in John Berger's Into Their Laboursp. 95
Refuting a Sentence, or: How John Berger Refutes Himselfp. 111
John Berger's Endless Text: Aesthetics of the Fragment, the Nouvean Roman, and Storytellingp. 129
The Body of the Text: To the Wedding, From A to X, and the Corporeality of John Berger's Later Fictionp. 143
John Berger: Epistolarity and a Life in Lettersp. 163
2 Non-fiction
'As if it were the only one': The Story of John Berger's Booker Prize for G.p. 189
Surveying and Being Surveyed: Gender Aspects in John Berger's Ways of Seeingp. 211
Country Man, Urban Migrant: A Seventh Manp. 233
'This is a correct decision': An Analysis of Some Aspects of Style in John Berger's Essaysp. 249
3 On Screen
'An irresponsible flow of images': Berger, Clark, and the Art of Television, 1958-1988p. 269
John Berger and the Cinemap. 293
Invisible Cinema: John Berger, Play Me Something, and Walk Me Homep. 321
Notes on Contributorsp. 343