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    This is probably the book on the subject going back to his original rigid essay on Lessing's Laocoon which is included in the appendix Krieger's main point is the ekphrasis succeeds because of a tension between th

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Ekphrasis The Illusion of the Natural Sign

And the 2000 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 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

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What in apparently pictorial poetry do words can words represent Conversely how can words in a poem be picturable After decades of reading and thinking about the nature and function of literary representation Murray Krieger here develops his most systematic theoretical statement out of answers to such uestions 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 recent theories radically uestion the political and aesthetic assumptions of the modernists

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Of language to do the job of the natural sign What is being described in ekphrasis is both a miracle and a mirage a miracle because a seuence of actions filled with befores and afters such as language alone can trace seems frozen into an instant's vision but a mirage because only the illusion of such an impossible picture can be suggested by the poem's words We may see it as the poem's miracle and that seeing is our mirage This peculiar and paradoxical jointly producedexperience of ekphrasis allows it to function as the consummate example of the verbal art the ultimate shield beyond shields

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • Ekphrasis The Illusion of the Natural Sign
  • Murray Krieger
  • English
  • 15 July 2018
  • 9780801842665