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"Since he released his extraordinary 1967 essay on ekphrasis, or the literary depiction of visible artwork, Krieger has been wrestling with the bigger implications of the style for a concept of ways it manifests itself. during this considerate and thought-provoking booklet, 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 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 considering the character and serve as of literary illustration, Murray Krieger the following develops his so much systematic theoretical assertion out of solutions to such questions. Ekphrasis is his account of the continued debates over that 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 noticeably 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of ekphrasis--the literary illustration of visible paintings, genuine or imaginary--a shape at the very least as outdated as its most famed instance, the guard of Achilles verbally invented within the Iliad. Heargues that the "ekphrastic precept" has remained enduringly problematical 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 concept has been formed through the makes an attempt and the misleading disasters of language to do the activity of the "natural sign."

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