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"Since he released his magnificent 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 the way 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 photos 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 sounds as if pictorial poetry, do words--can words--represent? Conversely, how can phrases in a poem be picturable? After a long time of analyzing and pondering 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 ongoing debates over that means in language from Plato to the current. Krieger sees the modernist place because the logical consequence 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 specializes in ekphrasis--the literary illustration of visible artwork, actual or imaginary--a shape no less than as outdated as its most famed instance, the defend of Achilles verbally invented within the Iliad.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 finds how literary thought has been formed by means of the makes an attempt and the misleading disasters of language to do the task of the "natural sign."

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