Ekphrasis: The Illusion of the Natural Sign

"Since he released his very good 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 publication, 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 guard of Achilles to post-modernism."--Virginia Quarterly Review.

What, in it sounds as if pictorial poetry, do words--can words--represent? Conversely, how can phrases in a poem be picturable? After a long time of analyzing and brooding about the character and serve as of literary illustration, Murray Krieger right here 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 end result of those debates yet argues that newer theories significantly 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, genuine or imaginary--a shape not less than as previous as its most renowned instance, the protect 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 finds 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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