Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies

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    Accepting invisibility? Experiences of exclusion in Grace Lau’s poetry.Joanna Antoniak - 2024 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 15 (1).
    In her poetry collection The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak (2021), Grace Lau, a Hong Kong-born Chinese Canadian poet, showcases different experiences of exclusion and inclusion, some connected to the long history of prejudice and discrimination. The aim of this article is to discuss depictions of three types of exclusion experienced by Lau – that of a postcolonial subject, a queer subject, and, finally, a queer subject of colour – and the impact those experiences have on her identity. (...)
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    Prettier Faces, Better Lives? The Impact of South Korean Facial Beauty Standards and Plastic Surgery on Women’s Lives in Frances Cha’s If I Had Your Face.Agata Rupińska - 2024 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 15 (1).
    With the rising popularity of South Korean worldwide culture (called hallyu or “the Korean wave”) which presents us with images of beautiful stars and k-beauty products, it is worth exploring the nature and impact of Korean facial beauty standards. The following article analyzes the depiction of South Korean appearance norms in the Korean American novel If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha. In the introduction, I familiarize the reader with the novel’s author and plot. Next I give an overview (...)
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    Multisensuality in the Satirical Prints of the Georgian Era in England.Natalia Giza - 2024 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 14 (3).
    The article discusses the concept of multisensuality in the satirical prints of the Georgian era in England, focusing on how the sensory perception enhances the visual humor. Drawing upon historical and cultural contexts, this study investigates how English caricaturists employed various sensory elements, such as sight, sound, smell, taste and touch to convey satire and provoke emotional responses among viewers. Ten satirical prints by five different authors were chosen for the analysis.
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    Designing the Future Through Touch.Bartosz Mroczkowski - 2024 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 14 (3).
    In the presented article, I consider what the process of designing the future can be. In detail, I am interested in what role touch plays in this process, combined with the practice of speculative imagination. In order to better understand this phenomenon, I use the transdisciplinary model of knowledge production, whose specific feature is the crossing and blurring of boundaries between fields of knowledge. The goal of this activity is to produce new forms of knowledge by combining methods and cognitive (...)
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    Capturing Extraordinary Multisensory Experiences in Writing: Reports on Natural Disasters in an 18th Century Newspaper Corpus.Nina C. Rastinger - 2024 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 14 (3).
    The article examines reports of natural disasters in the 18th century Austrian newspaper "Wienerisches Diarium" to gain insights into how people captured the extraordinary sensory experiences of such events in written form. By analysing a digitised corpus of over 300 newspaper issues, the study identifies 302 text passages referring to natural disasters, among them 285 news reports, and explores textual traces of (multi)sensuality present within this material. The close reading and semantic annotation of the textual findings reveals that comparisons to (...)
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    Tactile Vision and Othering: Ethnographic Engagements and Racial Differentiations in 19th Century Travelogues.Jules Sebastian Skutta - 2024 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 14 (3).
    The transmission, emergence, and dissemination of features of racial differentiation are based on the interplay of different sensory perceptions, as this contribution will illustrate. For this purpose, examples from ethnographic travelogues from German East Africa and from the time of German colonial rule were selected to examine the functioning of tactile perception by means of the descriptions of skin colors and skin decorations. The source material reveals multisensuality in the form of synesthesia of the sense of sight with the sense (...)
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    Preface. Multisensuality in Historical and Cultural Contexts.Joanna Łapińska - 2024 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 14 (3).
    This section contains four original articles addressing the matters of interaction, coexistence and representation of the human senses in various historical and cultural contexts. The multisensory experience of the world in relations to the past, the present and the future constitutes the main theme of the selected articles. The authors analyze how, in various cultural texts and historical moments, human experience was depicted through the prism of sensory perception, sometimes combined with sensory memory and the powerfulness/powerlessness of the (non)human corporeality. (...)
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