Ekphrasis: The Illusion of the Natural Sign

"Since he released his marvelous 1967 essay on ekphrasis, or the literary depiction of visible artwork, Krieger has been wrestling with the bigger implications of the style for a concept of ways it manifests itself. during this considerate and thought-provoking e-book, he forcefully grapples with the traditional paradox that phrases in time can appear to create pictures in space....This paintings of considerable intelligence patiently unfolds the numerous puzzles and contradictions of ekphrasis, from the protect 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 studying and pondering the character and serve as of literary illustration, Murray Krieger the following develops his so much systematic theoretical assertion out of solutions to such questions. Ekphrasis is his account of the ongoing debates over that means in language from Plato to the current. Krieger sees the modernist place because the logical end result of those debates yet argues that more moderen theories notably query the political and aesthetic assumptions of the modernists and the 2,000-year culture they declare to culminate.

Krieger specializes in ekphrasis--the literary illustration of visible paintings, actual or imaginary--a shape no less than as outdated as its most renowned instance, the guard of Achilles verbally invented within the Iliad. Heargues that the "ekphrastic precept" has remained enduringly not easy 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 unearths how literary concept has been formed by way of the makes an attempt and the misleading disasters of language to do the activity of the "natural sign."

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