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Museum of words : the poetics of ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery

Author: James A W Heffernan
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2004. ©1993
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Ekphrasis is the art of describing works of art, the verbal representation of visual representation. Over the ages its practitioners have created a museum of words about real and imaginary paintings and scultpures. In this first book ever to explore this museum, the author argues that ekphrasis stages a battle for mastery between the image and the word.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James A W Heffernan
ISBN: 0226323145 9780226323145 0226323137 9780226323138
OCLC Number: 55799747
Notes: Originally published: 1993.
Description: xii, 249 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Homer: a shield sculpted in words --
Virgil: re-imagining the shield --
Visible speech: the envoicing of sculpture in Dante's Purgatorio --
Philomela's graphic tale --
Verbalized depictions or rape in the ancient novel --
Ekphrasis and rape from Chaucer to Spenser --
The painted rape of Troy in Shakespeare's Lucrece --
Wordsworth's "Peele Castle" --
"All breathing human passion far above": Keats and the urn --
Disintegrating sublimity, petrified beauty: Shelley's "Ozymandias" and "Medusa" --
Ideality and fixity: Bryon on sculpture --
Gaze and glance in Browning's "My Last Duchess" --
The museum in Auden's "Musée" --
The Breughel Museum of William Carlos Williams --
The museum-goer in the mirror: Ashbery's "Self-Portrait."
Responsibility: James A.W. Heffernan.
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