Chessa, Francesca (2006) The Eyes of Gogol: a Saint Petersburg tale. In: 29th European Conference on Visual Perception, 20-25 august 2006, St. Petersburg, Russia. p. 1-19. Conference or Workshop Item.
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Perception plays a significant role in Gogol's "St Petersburg Tales" written in 1830s. All five senses, and their organs, are invoked--and, most famously, "The Nose" (Hoc) takes centre stage as it detatches itself from poor Kovalyov's face. We present a perceptuo-literary comparative analysis of these Tales, embarking, as did Gogol, from "The Nevsky Prospekt". Our current study focuses mainly upon the eye. We meet Petrovich, the one-eyed tailor of "The Overcoat", threading his needle, assisted by motion-parallax. We witness the visual processes of Tchartkoff's colleague in the "The Portrait" where "It was plainly visible how the artist, having imbibed it all from the external world, had first stored it in his mind, and then drawn it thence, as from a spiritual source, into one harmonious, triumphant song." Combining the spirit of both conference and venue, we aim to offer further insights to complement those of our fellow experimentalists and theorists.
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