Ekphrasis: The Illusion of the Natural Sign

"Since he released his fantastic 1967 essay on ekphrasis, or the literary depiction of visible artwork, Krieger has been wrestling with the bigger implications of the style for a conception of ways it manifests itself. during this considerate and thought-provoking ebook, he forcefully grapples with the traditional paradox that phrases in time can appear to create photographs in space....This paintings of plentiful intelligence patiently unfolds the numerous puzzles and contradictions of ekphrasis, from the safeguard of Achilles to post-modernism."--Virginia Quarterly Review.

What, in it seems that pictorial poetry, do words--can words--represent? Conversely, how can phrases in a poem be picturable? After many years of analyzing and pondering the character and serve as of literary illustration, Murray Krieger the following develops his such a lot systematic theoretical assertion out of solutions to such questions. Ekphrasis is his account of the continued debates over which means in language from Plato to the current. Krieger sees the modernist place because the logical final result of those debates yet argues that more moderen theories appreciably query the political and aesthetic assumptions of the modernists and the 2,000-year culture they declare to culminate.

Krieger makes a speciality of ekphrasis--the literary illustration of visible paintings, actual or imaginary--a shape at the very least as outdated as its most famed instance, the guard of Achilles verbally invented within the Iliad. Heargues that the "ekphrastic precept" has remained enduringly tricky in that it displays the resistant paradoxes of illustration in phrases. As he examines the clash among spatial and temporal, among vision-centered and word-centered metaphors, Krieger finds how literary concept has been formed by way of the makes an attempt and the misleading disasters of language to do the task of the "natural sign."

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