'Collaboration' is a complex cultural and political phenomenon: the combined practice of two or more artists, simultaneously or across time, or the willing (and therefore publicly reprehensible) collusion implied by the term's specifically historical meaning. These interdisciplinary essays propose collaboration as a strategy for ensuring creativity within a dynamic tradition, and as a means of mutual enrichment both between individuals and between disciplines. Writers from Chaucer to Wilde and Conrad are considered in this context, together with medieval iconography and German Romanticism. Yet collaboration as collusion and coercion are also implicated in diverse political and cultural agendas informed by xenophobic and exclusive, rather than inclusive, ideologies. Their impact spreads beyond the lives and minds of individual artists and individual texts to touch on the relationship between the citizen and the state, whether writers from the 'losing' side, the immigrant in Italy, writers who supported Fascisim, or the Roma in Britain.
Contents: Introduction, Silvia Bigliazzi and Sharon Wood; Tradition as collaboration: the public and the private in The Physician's Tale, Enrico Giaccherini; Reading images: church murals and collaboration between media in medieval England, Miriam Gill; The necessary complement: collaborative reading and writing in Mill on the Floss, Emily Eells; Collaboration as ideology: theory and practice of Geselligkeit in German Romanticism, Richard Littlejohns; Class and collaboration: what about the workers?, Kathleen Bell; Collaborating media and symbolic fractures in Wilde's Salome, Silvia Bigliazzi; Secret agencies: Ford, Conrad, collaboration and conspiracy, Max Saunders; The Inheritors: Conrad and Ford's extravagant story, Mario Curreli; On the losing side: Francis Stuart, Henry Williamson and collaboration, Mark Rawlinson; Intertextuality, collaboration and gender: The Whisperers, or, 'Frances Sheridan's A Trip to Bath as completed by Elizabeth Kuti', Sara Soncini; A quattro mani: the politics of collaboration in Italian immigrant literature, Sharon Wood; Collaboration begins at home: racism and our Roma therapy, Tony Kushner; Studying the reception of Shakespeare's Hamlet: a hyper-text of 19th-century promptbooks as teaching material, Carla Dente; Landscape archaeology in Pisa and the POPULUS project: paying attention and being selective, Marinella Pasquinucci and Alessandro Launaro; Bibliography; Index.