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"Since he released his excellent 1967 essay on ekphrasis, or the literary depiction of visible paintings, Krieger has been wrestling with the bigger implications of the style for a concept of the way 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 ample intelligence patiently unfolds the various puzzles and contradictions of ekphrasis, from the defend 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 examining and considering the character and serve as of literary illustration, Murray Krieger right here develops his so much 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 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 artwork, genuine or imaginary--a shape not less than as previous as its most famed instance, the defend 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 idea has been formed through the makes an attempt and the misleading disasters of language to do the task of the "natural sign."

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