Disparaître / Disappearing

Issue 10, Fall 2007

Edited by George Varsos and Valeria Wagner

Whether it is perceived as an elusive phenomenon or a fait accompli, as an act of liberation or a threat, disappearance affects experience, disturbs narratives, calls into question structures of perception and models of representation. Disappearance can be detected in the transition from one medium to another, in the links or gaps between them, when the production or reproduction of those materials and texts that reveal what is disappearing is undertaken by different types of media (orality, writing, image, etc.) or different discursive forms (documentary, fiction, poetry, myth, etc.). This issue of Intermediality includes contributions from various fields of research to explore, without claiming to be exhaustive, examples of some of the problems that disappearance poses. We will discover how disappearance impacts the categories that organize thought and knowledge and whether it is possible to maintain and rebuild human relationships that have been undermined by a history of disappearance.