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Genetic Criticism in an Interdisciplinary Context: Literature, Visual Arts, Theater, Music

Smith Memorial Hall, Room 25, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 30-31 March 2007

Not only the final outcome but the process of creative endeavor has long
attracted attention in various artistic disciplines, but only recently has
the potential of coordinated research of this kind begun to be explored in
detail. The most rigorous basis for the study of artistic creativity comes
not from anecdotal or autobiographical reports, but from original
handwritten sketches and drafts and preliminary studies, as well as from
revised manuscripts and typescripts, corrected proof sheets, and similar
primary sources. Especially since the eighteenth century, writers,
composers, and painters have been much concerned with originality of
style, which has encouraged intense preliminary efforts preceding and
leading toward the production of finished artistic works.

The conference on "Genetic Criticism in an Interdisciplinary Context:
Literature, Visual Arts, Theatre, Music," is based on a collaboration
between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Centre
nationale de recherche scientifique in Paris; the conference organizers
are William Kinderman at UIUC and Almuth Grésillon at the CNRS. That
"critique génétique" has been a focus of the CNRS is evident from the
journal Genesis: Revue internationale de critique génétique. Kinderman is
General Editor of the Beethoven Sketchbook Series at the University of
Illinois Press, and has written numerous studies exploring the
compositional process of various composers.

The interdisciplinary dimension of the conference will be enhanced by the
presence of leading scholars in literature and the visual arts as well as
music. The conference is coordinated in turn with workshop performances on
30-31 March of the important new play "33 Variations" by distinguished
playwright Moisés Kaufman. Kaufman's play explores the creative process of
Beethoven as situated at the intersection of life and art, and he
thoughtfully probes our own engagement with the artistic legacy of this
brilliant, fascinating, witty, and sometimes elusive composer.
Conference Program

Friday morning 9-12  Genetic Criticism and Literature

            Caroline Szylowicz, Chair

"Caution: Work in Progress"  Almuth Grésillon, CNRS, Paris

"Varieties of Genetic Experience"  Geert Lernout, University of Antwerp

"Variant and Variation: Towards a Freudo-bathmologico-Bakhtino-Goodmanian
Genetic Model"  Daniel Ferrer, CNRS, Paris

"Variants of Pleasure in Roland Barthes: The Genetic Record of a Voice"  
Armine Kotin Mortimer, UIUC

Friday afternoon 2-5 Musical Sketches and Editions

            Katherine R. Syer, Chair

"Beethoven's Eroica Sketchbook"  Alan Gosman, University of Michigan,
Lewis Lockwood, Harvard University

"Beethoven's Missa solemnis"  Patrizia Metzler, UIUC, Fred Stoltzfus, UIUC

"A 'Genetic' Edition of Verdi's La forza del Destino"  Philip Gossett,
University of Chicago

"'They only give rise to misunderstandings'­Mahler's Sketches in Context"  
James Zychowicz, Madison/Chicago

Saturday morning 9-12  Perspectives on Painting and Music

            Steve Taylor, Chair       

"Genetic Evolution: Changes in Delacroix's Creative Process"  David
O'Brien, UIUC

"Putting the Process into the Product: Exploratory Transitional Passages
in Beethoven's Late Quartet Sketches"  Peter McCallum, Sydney
Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

"The Ineffable, The Unspeakable, and the Inspirational. Part One:
Motherwell's Mother"  Jonathan Fineberg, UIUC

"Studying Very Recent Music & Designing Tools for Sketch Studies: Towards
'Genetic Navigation' Through Digitalized Traces of Compositional
Processes" Nicolas Donin, IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Saturday afternoon  1:30-3:45  Genetic Criticism and Performance 

            Tom Mitchell, Chair

"Can Genetic Criticism be Applied to the Performing Arts?"  Jean-Louis
Lebrave, ITEM-CNRS, Paris

"Beethoven on the Stage"  Moisés Kaufman, Director, Tectonic Theater
Project, New York

"Beethoven's 'Diabelli' Variations. Lecture/performance"  William
Kinderman, UIUC

Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall

Friday and Saturday evenings, 30 and 31 March (Armory Theater): workshop
performances of new play by Moisés Kaufman, "33 Variations," a
co-production of the Tectonic Theater Company (New York) and the Arena
Stage (Washington DC) (workshop extends from 12-31 March)
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