Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

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Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Introduction

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Many months before the publication of a given Mosaic issue, once the essays for that issue have been selected, I send the talented team at Winnipeg's Tetro Design content ideas, from which they develop front and back cover images. How, in the case of this issue, did I miss sending "the hand"? Not until the proof stage, when I paused again over Donald Barthelme's image of Eugenie Grandet's hand, an image featured in Daniel Punday's "Donald Barthelme and the Emergence of the Dynamic Page," did I realize how provocative a role the hand plays in several of the following essays, in Punday's essay, for example, which concerns the passage from handwriting through manual typing to electronic textuality. In other of this issue's essays, contributors consider the verbal-visual or word-image relation, that between the hands of the author and the hands of the artist; the relation of first-hand knowledge, or its lack, to trauma and bearing witness; close-hand images--a scene of arms, legs, hands, and feet dangling from trees after a plane crash, or a scene of torture when a man, day after day, remains in a room, handcuffed to a pole and hooded--images that are hard to handle; the significance of a note handwritten by Nabokov; "sleight-of-hand"; P.K. Page's poetic memoir as Hand Luggage; figures of hands "immense and empty"; guns in the hands of soldiers; and, not the least, Joe Sacco's close attention to human hands and his engagement with hand imagery, what Rebecca Scherr calls the haptic visuality of Sacco's Palestine, and what, in her study of Palestine, she means by "shaking hands" with other people's pain.

Barthelme's image-tracing, "Eugenie Grandet," is of a single hand. …

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