Food for Vultures


  • Kenneth S. Calhoon



Beginning with a comparison of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and certain paintings of Piet Mondrian, this essay explores the inherent abstraction of Romantic precursors to those Modernist literary and painterly compositions that (continue to) place a subject squarely before an expanse (of water, of light, or of dark).

Author Biography

Kenneth S. Calhoon

Kenneth Calhoon is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. He received his doctorate in 1984 from the University of California, Irvine. Before joining Oregon’s faculty in 1987, he taught for two years at Haverford College. His writings cover topics that range from eighteenth-century literature and thought through the early twentieth century, his particular emphases being film, the visual arts and psychoanalysis. He is author of Fatherland: Novalis, Freud, and the Discipline of Romance(Wayne State, 1992) and editor of Peripheral Visions: The Hidden Stages of Weimar Cinema(Wayne State, 2001). His most recent book is Affecting Grace: Theatre, Subject and the Shakespearean Paradox in German Literature from Lessing to Kleist(Toronto 2013).




How to Cite

Calhoon, K. S. (2013). Food for Vultures. Konturen, 5, 105–123.