The transversal and hybrid orientation that mark the contemporary cultural and artistic panorama demands a new approach to literary objects that goes beyond the most traditional instruments of the theory, the analysis and the hermeneutics of this type of texts and opens to the domain of COMPARATIVE POETICS and INTERARTISTIC and INTERMEDIAL STUDIES. Notions such as assemblage, intertextuality, adaptation, appropriation, remediation become essential for understanding the literary forms and practices of our century and the multiple intersections and contaminations that they establish with other languages, supports and materials, in the sphere of "high culture”, as well as in those of "popular" or "urban" culture. To critically examine the various dialogues that can occur between literature and other creative arts and manifestations - with emphasis on the plastic arts, photography, cinema and comics -, provoking problematizations and displacements at the level of the artistic genres and the canonization processes themselves, is the focus of the Teams’s research.
Within this same paradigm of semiotic and aesthetic permeability, Group2i proposes, on the other hand, to investigate the way of thinking HUMAN IDENTITY throughout the several moments that characterize the cultural evolution of the West, along with its forms of representation: both those that involve the word, such as the different modalities of biographical and intimate writings, and those that put into play other languages and poetics, namely of visual expression, these ones playing a central role in the history of the artistic portrait and the genre’s common wavering between mimesis and invention. At the same time, the increasingly diffuse frontiers between humanity, animality, monstrosity, as well as the possibility of machinic and "post-human" identitary regimes will be explored and discussed.