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Museum of Words : The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery - James A.W. Heffernan

Museum of Words

The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780226323145
Number Of Pages: 250

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Ekphrasis is the art of describing works of art, the verbal representation of visual representation. Profoundly ambivalent, ekphrastic poetry celebrates the power of the silent image even as it tries to circumscribe that power with the authority of the word. Over the ages its practitioners have created a museum of words about real and imaginary paintings and sculptures.

In the first book ever to explore this museum, James Heffernan argues that ekphrasis stages a battle for mastery between the image and the word. Moving from the epics of Homer, Virgil, and Dante to contemporary American poetry, this book treats the history of struggle between rival systems of representation. Readable and well illustrated, this study of how poets have represented painting and sculpture is a major contribution to our understanding of the relation between the arts.

List of Illustrations
Homer, Virgil, Dante A Genealogy of Ekphrasis
Homer: A Shield Sculpted in Words
Virgil: Re-Imagining the Shield
Visible Speech: The Envoicing of Sculpture in Dante's Purgatorio
Weaving Rape: Ekphrastic Metamorphoses of the Philomela Myth from Ovid to Shakespeare
Philomela's Graphic Tale
Verbalized Depictions of Rape in the Ancient Novel
Ekphrasis and Rape from Chaucer to Spenser
The Painted Rape of Troy in Shakespeare's Lucrece
Romantic Ekphrasis Iconophoria, Iconophilia, and the Ideology of Transcendence
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: Byron on Sculpture
Modern and Postmodern Ekphrasis Entering the Museum of Art
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" Notes Works Cited
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ISBN: 9780226323145
ISBN-10: 0226323145
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 15.4  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Type: New edition