Shop > Artists' Books


Jalal Toufic: Reading, Rewriting Poe's "The Oval Portrait"

Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Artists' Books
15 × 21 × 0.3 cm

Number 011 in the series: Documenta 13: 100 Notizen – 100 Gedanken (100 Notes – 100 Thoughts)

In the second edition of his book (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film (2003), Jalal Toufic notes: “I was for years concerned with schizophrenia and with schizophrenics, who appeared in my Credits Included: A Video in Red and Green, 1995; and I am now interested in ‘the little girl,’ whom I expect to appear in my coming vampire film. . . . At one level, the Thirteenth Series in Gilles Deleuze’s The Logic of Sense, 1969, ‘The Schizophrenic and the Little Girl,’ can thus be retrospectively viewed as a program for the work of a decade on my part.” In this new essay, he writes on the portrait of the pubescent girl, including in Poe’s “The Oval Portrait.” “The successful portrait of a pubescent girl is not a rite of passage but a rite of non-passage; what needs a rite is not passage, which is the natural state (at least for historical societies), but non-passage, the radical differentiation between the before, in this case a pubescent girl, and the after, a woman.” From the portrait of the pubescent girl, Toufic moves to the portrait in general and its paradigmatic relation to the angel; thus the title of this notebook: Reading, Rewriting Poe’s “The Oval Portrait”—Angelically.


  1. Jalal Toufic: Reading, Rewriting Poe’s “The Oval Portrait“

Related Items

  1. Ian Wallace: The First documenta, 1955
  2. Lawrence Weiner: If in Fact There Is a Context
  3. György Lukács

Notes on Georg Simmel’s Lessons, 1906/07, and on a “Sociology of Art,“ c. 1909
  4. Erkki Kurenniemi
  5. William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison:

The Refusal of Time
  6. Christoph Menke: Aesthetics of Equality
  7. G.M. Tamás: Innocent Power
  8. Paul Ryan: Two Is Not a Number

A Conversation with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri
  9. Péter György: The Two Kassels:

Same Time, Another Space
  10. Kenneth Goldsmith: Letter to Bettina Funcke
  11. Chloé Griffin: Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller
  12. Tom Prochaska: Personal Libraries Library Reading No. 1
  13. Richard Corman: Madonna NYC 83
  14. Diana Pembor: Personal Libraries Library Reading No. 3
  15. REVOLUTION: a reader
  16. Louis Schalk: Personal Libraries Library Reading No. 2
  17. Inventory of Objects; That belonged to Cheslaw When He Died
  18. Colm Lally and Sissu Tarka: PROOF-READING
  19. Haim Steinbach: The way between Belgrade and Prishtina has 28,000 un-proper build objects. So, never it will be an autobahn!
  20. More Than You Wanted to Know About John Baldessari Volume II
  21. Pawel Althamer: 2000 Words
  23. Emily Jacir & Susan Buck-Morss
  24. David Robbins: Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy
  25. Notes from the Foundry
  26. Popahna Brandes and Jack Henrie Fischer: Reading Tests
  27. Mira, Study for a Portrait
  28. Rereading Appropriation
  29. Laurie Anderson: Strange Angels
  30. David Barridge: MAN AARG!

Poetry, Essay, Art Practice
  31. Chloë Delanghe : Reasons to Be Cheerful
  32. Fly: Peops #8
  33. Caleigh Dunfield: A small book of prints of scans of etched sheets of 4 x 5 film of paper tracings of Facebook images of friends
  34. Garry Neill Kennedy: Jerry Lewis in the Paris Metro Stations
  35. The Fall at Indig02, Greenwich North, November 24th, 2011 / Reading “The Fall at Indig02, Greenwich North, November 24th“
  36. Shawna Dempsey and Lori Millan: In the Life
  37. Manuel Saiz: Fact Check