Writing for Art: The Aesthetics of Ekphrasis (Hardback)
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Writing for Art: The Aesthetics of Ekphrasis (Hardback)

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"Writing for Art: The Aesthetics of Ekphrasis" reflects an increasing interest among writers and scholars over recent years in the relation of literary texts to the visual or plastic arts. The technical term ekphrasis has appeared as the title of major conferences, large theoretical works and specialised studies. This study is the first concise introduction to the history and theory of ekphrasis written to appeal both to the non-specialist and specialist reader. It is also the first exploration to offer a useful general survey of the larger philosophical and theoretical questions arising from the encounter of literary works and artworks, focusing upon the key aesthetic concepts and questions suggested by inter-artistic relations: of 'beauty and truth'; temporality; the 'real'; aesthetic pleasure; the representation of suffering; the notion if illusion; the relationship of photography and poetic elegy; and, of word and image." Writing for Art" offers close readings of poems and prose from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries alongside high quality reproductions of the companion pictures, covering a broad range of writing and theory about the relation of literary texts to the visual arts, and extending the subject of ekphrasis to include literary works on photography, as well as celebrated prose descriptions of artworks

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719076503
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm

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