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The Quay BrothersInto a Metaphysical Playroom$
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Suzanne Buchan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816646586

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816646586.001.0001

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Palimpsests, Fragments, Vitalist Affinities

Palimpsests, Fragments, Vitalist Affinities

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(p.38) (p.39) 2. Palimpsests, Fragments, Vitalist Affinities
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The Quay Brothers
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Suzanne Buchan

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816646586.003.0002

This chapter examines the foundational literary influences reflected in the Quay Brothers’ films. The Quay Brothers’ film narratives were influenced by the arts including: painting, early optical experiments, puppetry, literature, surrealism, expressionism, and Baroque architecture to musical structures, as well as Polish poster design, dance, and illustration. Their film narratives are centered on isolated objects, such as puppets with the use of visual metaphors to let people experience a visible miniature world of the animated lifeless objects. The Quay Brothers derived their use of visual metaphors through the three literary techniques of James Joyce. These include palimpsests, portmanteau words, and polyglot puns. The animation techniques of Quay Brothers were also inspired by Franz Kafka, Robert Walser, and Bruno Schulz.

Keywords:   literary influences, isolated objects, visual metaphors, James Joyce, palimpsests, portmanteau words, polyglots puns, Franz Kafka, Robert Walser, Bruno Schulz

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