Ekphrasis: The Illusion of the Natural Sign

"Since he released his superb 1967 essay on ekphrasis, or the literary depiction of visible paintings, Krieger has been wrestling with the bigger implications of the style for a idea 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 plentiful intelligence patiently unfolds the various 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 a long time of analyzing and brooding about 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 newer theories considerably 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a speciality of ekphrasis--the literary illustration of visible artwork, genuine or imaginary--a shape a minimum of as outdated as its most renowned instance, the safeguard of Achilles verbally invented within the Iliad. Heargues that the "ekphrastic precept" has remained enduringly complicated 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 by means of the makes an attempt and the misleading disasters of language to do the activity of the "natural sign."

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