Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Mosaic, subtitled A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, is a scholarly journal that covers interdisciplinary studies and literary criticism. Founded in October of 1967, Mosaic prints this journal quarterly. Mosaic covers the topic of literature. The Editor is Dr. Dawne McCance.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 4, December

An Interview with Alvaro Siza
In Portugal, where it seems that everyone you meet speaks knowledgeably and proudly of his work, he is called by his full name, Alvaro Siza Vieira. He is, of course, that country's most famous architect, and, in keeping with the crossing of local...
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Building a Better Metaphor: Architecture and Russian Production Novels
The Russian production novel, featuring construction of factories, bridges, and socialist skyscrapers, was a Soviet favourite of the late 1920s and 1930s. This essay rejects the binary model commonly applied to the period and argues for a revised...
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Concretizing the 1970s in Hodges's Get Carter and Torrington's Swing Hammer Swing!
While architectural modernism aims to manage space objectively, literary and cinematic modernisms often defend subjective, user-adaptable space. Drawing on Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of chronotope (time-space) and Raymond Williams's theory of class,...
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Diagnosing the "Sir Walter Disease": American Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature
This essay argues that Gothic literature and historical romances changed the course of American architecture by influencing architect Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892). Davis's client Robert Gilmor III shared his love of Gothic fiction and even...
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Electricity, Writing, Architecture
Et pourquoi souhaiterait-on entrer dans un livre comme dans je ne sais quel appartement obscur ou quel secret labyrinthe: a tatons et tenu par la main, comme un enfant ou comme un infirme? Nous ne pouvons croire que notre lecteur desire etre ainsi...
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Gaudi's Architecture: A Poetic Form
How does architecture construct meaning? Is architecture a visual language? In this essay, Antoni Gaudi's architecture is examined as poetic discourse. Gaston Bachelard attributes two functions to language: signification and poetry. He believes...
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Gothic Architecture in the Poetry of David Jones and Geoffrey Hill
The complex relationship between ethics and aesthetics shapes the historical analyses offered in the poetry of David Jones and Geoffrey Hill. This essay examines the symbolic, historical, and formal significance of Gothic architecture in their poetry,...
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Introduction
Tradition challenges innovation. It is composed of successive graftings.-de Llano and Castanheira, Alvaro Siza: Works and Projects As if anticipating the Guggenheim Bilbao, Roland Barthes once ventured that a universally recognizable architectural...
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Reading the "Remembered World": Carceral Architecture and Cultural Mnemonics in Peter Carey's Illywhacker
Things are not universally correct in achitecture and universally incorrect in men.-Theodor Adorno, "Functionalism Today" This essay explores linkages between architecture and memory in the context of Australia's penal-colonial past and postcolonial...
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"The Frayed Trope of Rome": Poetic Architecture in Robert Duncan, Ronald Johnson, and Lisa Robertson
This paper argues that literary architecture gives expression to poetry's social and utopian desires and that, in this, the architectural rises above the metaphorical, becoming a central aspect of twentieth-century avant-garde poetics and its attempts...
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The Hidden Rooms of Isabella Valancy Crawford and P.K. Page
I am trying, as I have already indicated, to go back through the masculine imaginary, to interpret the way it has reduced us to silence, to muteness or mimicry, and lam attempting, from that starting-point and at the same time, to (re)discover a...
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The Narrative Limits of the Global Guggenheim
Architecture [has shifted] to the structure of relationships, connections and associations that are webbed over and around the simple world of appearance and accommodations of commonplace functions. Marcos Novak (qtd, in Marjorie Perloff) Focussing...
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Thinking toward Architecture
The following is a condensed and abbreviated version of a lecture that Michael Benedikt delivered to the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba on 21 October 2001. How, at the beginning of a new century, might architecture progress...
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Where Do You Think You Are? Alice Munro's Open Houses
Compared to the other houses in town, hers appeared to have no secrets, no contradictions. What people said was, "It's such a pretty house, doesn't look real"--Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women Alice Munro's "Vandals" invites critical readings...
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