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What, in apparently pictorial poetry, do words represent? Conversely, how can words in a poem be picturable? Murray Krieger develops a systematic theoretical statement out of answers to such questions. Ekphrasis is his account of the continuing debates over meaning in language from Plato to the present. Krieger sees the modernist position as the logical outcome of these debates but argues that more recent theories radically question the political and aesthetic assumptions of the modernists and the two-thousand-year tradition they claim to culminate. Krieger focuses on ekphrasis—the literary representation of visual art, real or imaginary—a form at least as old as its most famous example, the shield of Achilles verbally invented in the Iliad. He argues that the "ekphrastic principle" has remained enduringly problematic in that it reflects the resistant paradoxes of representation in words. As he examines the conflict between the spatial and temporal, between vision-centered and word-centered metaphors, Krieger reveals how literary theory has been shaped by the attempts and the deceptive failures of language to do the job of the "natural sign."

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  1. Frontispiece
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Foreword: Of Shields
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  1. 1. Picture and Word, Space and Time: The Exhilaration—and Exasperation—of Ekphrasis as a Subject
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  1. 2. Representation as Illusion: Dramatic Representation and the Natural-Sign Aesthetic
  2. pp. 30-64
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  1. 3. Representation as Enargeia I: Verbal Representation and the Natural-Sign Aesthetic
  2. pp. 66-90
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  1. 4. Representation as Enargeia II: Nature’s Transcendence of the Natural Sign
  2. pp. 92-112
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  1. 5. The Verbal Emblem I: The Renaissance
  2. pp. 114-142
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  1. 6. Language as Aesthetic Material
  2. pp. 144-195
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  1. 7. The Verbal Emblem II: From Romanticism to Modernism
  2. pp. 196-231
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  1. 8. A Postmodern Retrospect: Semiotic Desire, Repression in the Name of Nature, and a Space for the Ekphrastic
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  1. Appendix: Ekphrasis and the Still Movement of Poetry; or Laokoön Revisited (1967)
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  1. Index
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  1. Books by Murray Krieger
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421430201
Related ISBN
9781421431215
MARC Record
OCLC
1122727988
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
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CC-BY-NC-ND
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