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The art of vision : ekphrasis in medieval literature and culture

Author: Andrew James Johnston; Ethan Knapp; Margitta Rouse
Publisher: Columbus : The Ohio State University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Interventions: new studies in medieval culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the most common ways of setting the arts in parallel, at least from the literary side, is through the popular rhetorical device of ekphrasis. The original meaning of this term is simply an extended and detailed, lively description, but it has been used most commonly in reference to painting or sculpture. In this lively collection of essays, Andrew James Johnston, Ethan Knapp, and Margitta Rouse offer a major  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew James Johnston; Ethan Knapp; Margitta Rouse
ISBN: 9780814212943 0814212948 9780814252192 0814252192
OCLC Number: 907147519
Description: vii, 307 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ekphrasis and the object / Valerie Allen --
Multilingual lists and Chaucer's "The Former Age" / Sarah Stanbury --
Speaking images? Iconographic criticism and Chaucerian emphasis / John M. Bowers --
Vision and desire in Mary Magdalene and The Winter's Tale / Claudia Olk --
Feeling thinking: Pearl's ekphrastic imagination / Anke Bernau --
From enslavement to discernment: learning to see in Gottfried's Tristan / Kathryn Starkey --
Ekphrasis and religious ideology in Spenser's Legend of Holiness / Darryl J. Gless --
Facing the mirror: ekphrasis, vision, and knowledge in Gavin Douglas's Palice of Honour / Andrew James Johnston and Margitta Rouse --
Ekphrasis and stasis in Christine de Pizan's Livre de la Mutacion de Fortune / Suzanne Conklin Akbari --
Faces in the crowd: faciality and ekphrasis in late medieval England / Ethan Knapp --
The soul of ekphrasis: Chaucer's "Merchant's Tale" and the marriage of the senses / Hans Jurgen Scheuer --
Ekphrasis, trope of the real; or, what the pearl-dreamer saw / Larry Scanlon.
Series Title: Interventions: new studies in medieval culture.
Responsibility: edited by Andrew James Johnston, Ethan Knapp, and Margitta Rouse.

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One of the most common ways of setting the arts in parallel, at least from the literary side, is through the popular rhetorical device of ekphrasis. The original meaning of this term is simply an extended and detailed, lively description, but it has been used most commonly in reference to painting or sculpture. In this lively collection of essays, Andrew James Johnston, Ethan Knapp, and Margitta Rouse offer a major contribution to the study of text{u2013}image relationships in medieval Europe. Resisting any rigid definition of ekphrasis, The Art of Vision is committed to reclaiming medieval ekphrasis, which has not only been criticized for its supposed aesthetic narcissism but has also frequently been depicted as belonging to an epoch when the distinctions between word and image were far less rigidly drawn. Examples studied range from the eleventh through the seventeenth centuries and include texts written in Medieval Latin, Medieval French, Middle English, Middle Scots, Middle High German, and Early Modern English. The essays in this volume highlight precisely the entanglements that ekphrasis suggests and/or rejects: not merely of word and image, but also of sign and thing, stasis and mobility, medieval and (early) modern, absence and presence, the rhetorical and the visual, thinking and feeling, knowledge and desire, and many more. The Art of Vision furthers our understanding of the complexities of medieval ekphrasis while also complicating later understandings of this device. As such, it offers a more diverse account of medieval ekphrasis than previous studies of medieval text{u2013}image relationships, which have normally focused on a single country, language, or even manuscript.

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