The Turbulence of the Fin de Siècle: Arts Through the Looking-Glass of Intermediality


The paper addresses the fin-de-siècle period as a time when most intermedial processes became more visible, 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 subconscious and self- reflective intermedial techniques and media-based experiments that would culminate with modernism and postmodernism. 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 future theories on intertextuality, text as a dominant form of recording, and “canvas” or “fabric” created by all media.

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Mykyta Isagulov, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

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Conference: ACAH2023
Stream: Literary Arts Practices

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Isagulov M. (2023) The Turbulence of the Fin de Siècle: Arts Through the Looking-Glass of Intermediality ISSN: 2186-229X – The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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