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Itinéraires. Littérature, textes, cultures is a French scholarly journal of French and Francophone studies. Using literature and texts, it examines contact-points between varied cultural spheres. Its theoretical methods focus on the forms and conventions of fiction, on literary genres, and on all approaches that re-examine the place of literature in culture (gender studies, postcolonial studies, comparative studies, statistical analysis of texts, discourse analysis, multi-media work, emerging trends, avant-gardes, counter-cultures, etc.). The journal publishes three thematic issues per year which can also include a selection of non-thematic papers in the « varia » section. It is edited by Pléiade (EA 7338), the Multidisciplinary Research Center in Humanities of the University of Paris 13.

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2018-1 | 2018
Le manifeste à travers les arts : devenirs d’un genre indiscipliné

Manifestos in the Arts: Evolution of a Genre Beyond Discipline
Edited by Camille Bloomfield and Audrey Ziane
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Literature, arts, cinema, poetry, theatre, architecture… all creative domains have in common the manifesto. An iconoclastic and multiform action-text, it is both in line with the history of its discipline while rewriting its rules in an undisciplined gesture. It is not only a true “agent provocateur,” a remedy against standardisation which had its hour of glory at the time of the avant-garde, but also a text that shows the artists’ engagement, their utopia and their revolts, and constantly challenges the links between the arts and politics.
Its contemporary usage, nonetheless, lead us to question the form of the genre itself and its fundamentally subversive character: often practised solitarily rather than in a group, transformed into an art installation, a performance, an exhibition catalogue, or even diverted for the purpose of advertising, the manifesto conveys an image of protest that sometimes ends up being just a show, thereby bringing back into the picture that which it was initially designed to reject. So who benefits from the manifesto? Which messages and engagements is it trying to put over? Can it still be undisciplined? These are some of the questions the present issue addresses.

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