Ekphrasis: The Illusion of the Natural Sign


"Since he released his terrific 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 the way it manifests itself. during this considerate and thought-provoking publication, he forcefully grapples with the traditional paradox that phrases in time can appear to create pictures in space....This paintings of ample 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 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 ongoing 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 extensively 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 no less than as previous as its most renowned instance, the guard of Achilles verbally invented within the Iliad. Heargues that the "ekphrastic precept" has remained enduringly difficult 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 thought has been formed through the makes an attempt and the misleading mess ups of language to do the task of the "natural sign."

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