"An Opera to be Sung"
Intermediality and the Making of Four Saints in Three Acts
From: Florine Stettheimer
By adopting what John Urry terms “the tourist gaze,” and by exploring Stettheimer’s late paintings, namely, the Cathedrals series, this essay argues that the artist engenders a feminized city reclaiming the metropolis for women through ironically themed practices of daydreaming and consumption.
Irene Gammel is a professor at Ryerson University, where she teaches modernist literature and culture and directs the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre. Widely known as a leader in experiential teaching methods, she is also a curator with a focus on avant-garde subjects, and the author and editor of thirteen books, including Baroness Elsa: Gender, Dada, and Everyday Modernity (MIT Press, 2002) and Looking for Anne of Green Gables (St. Martin’s Press, 2008). With Suzanne Zelazo, she is the co-editor of Crystal Flowers: Poems and a Libretto by Florine Stettheimer (BookThug, 2010) and Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (MIT Press, 2010).
Suzanne Zelazo is a writer, editor, educator, and publisher in the visual and literary arts, as well as in sport. She holds a PhD in English with a speciality in female modernism and avant-garde poetry and performance. Her projects seek to integrate creative expression and the body. She is the author two collections of poetry, Lances All Alike (Coach House, 2018) and Parlance (Coach House, 2003), and editor of Janieta Eyre: Incarnation (Coach House, 2017). With Irene Gammel, she’s the co-editor of Crystal Flowers: Poems and a Libretto by Florine Stettheimer (BookThug, 2010) and Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (MIT Press, 2010).