The Ekphrastic Writer

This book unites the history and tradition of ekphrasis, its conventions, the writing process, and multi-genre writing prompts.

Author: Janée J. Baugher

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476679457

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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A common definition of ekphrasis is descriptive writing influenced by the visual arts. Beyond the written word, however, responding to art can engender self-reflection, creativity, and help writers to build characters, plot, and setting. This book unites the history and tradition of ekphrasis, its conventions, the writing process, and multi-genre writing prompts. In addition to subjects such as early art engagement, psychology, and the eye-brain-perception relationship, this book discusses artists' creative processes, tools, and techniques, and offers instruction on how to read art by way of deep-looking.

Visions of Empire in Colonial Spanish American Ekphrastic Writing

This confirms interpretive categories already well-established in literature and the arts without challenging them and reduces individual authors to mere reflectors of their social background. One recent alternative to this interarts ...

Author: Kathryn M. Mayers

Publisher: Government Institutes

ISBN: 9781611483925

Category: History

Page: 165

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The process of shaping cultural identity in colonial Spanish America has occurred as much through the medium of pictures as through the medium of writing. Focused on writing that references visual texts (ekphrasis), Visions of Empire in Colonial Spanish American Ekphrastic Writing examined the way words about pictures in the writing of three Spanish American Creoles negotiate the challenges that confronted the ruling elite in Spanish America during the contentious period between the Conquest and Independence.

The Ekphrastic Encounter in Contemporary British Poetry and Elsewhere

Examining a wide range of ekphrastic poems, David Kennedy argues that contemporary British poets writing out of both mainstream and avant-garde traditions challenge established critical models of ekphrasis with work that is more complex ...

Author: David Kennedy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317034483

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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Examining a wide range of ekphrastic poems, David Kennedy argues that contemporary British poets writing out of both mainstream and avant-garde traditions challenge established critical models of ekphrasis with work that is more complex than representational or counter-representational responses to paintings in museums and galleries. Even when the poem appears to be straightforwardly representational, it is often selectively so, producing a 'virtual' work that doesn't exist in actuality. Poets such as Kelvin Corcoran, Peter Hughes, and Gillian Clarke, Kennedy suggests, relish the ekphrastic encounter as one in which word and image become mutually destabilizing. Similarly, other poets engage with the source artwork as a performance that participates in the ethical realm. Showing that the ethical turn in ekphrastic poetry is often powerfully gendered, Kennedy also surveys a range of ekphrastic poets from the Renaissance and nineteenth century to trace a tradition of female ekphrastic poetry that includes Pauline Stainer and Frances Presley. Kennedy concludes with a critique of ekphrastic exercises in creative writing teaching, proposing that ekphrastic writing that takes greater account of performance spectatorship may offer more fruitful models for the classroom than the narrativizing of images.

Ekphrastic Writing Workbook

" "I like the landscapes. I think that this book might be useful for high school students or individuals who want personal inspiration for their writing," comment from another writing professor.

Author: Marilyn Hope Lake

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1530421322

Category: Creative writing

Page: 52

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Dr. Marilyn Hope Lake used her experience as a creative writing instructor and her award winning painting skills to create the EKPRHASTIC WRITING WORKBOOK . It contains 20 original pieces of art: ten watercolor paintings and ink drawings, plus ten art quality photographs. Ekprhasis is defined as a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art. Each work of art in this workbook is presented with space for writing. All are meant to motivate, inspire and entertain the creative spirit. Daren Dean, nationally known author and professor of writing at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge wrote, " Here's a new writing workbook that may be of help to some of you in the classroom. Please checkout this wonderful book by one of my former writer professors, Mariyn Hope Lake." "I like the landscapes. I think that this book might be useful for high school students or individuals who want personal inspiration for their writing," comment from another writing professor. When you look at one of the paintings, drawings or photos, what does it bring to your writer's mind? What are your first thoughts? Does the illustration evoke a feeling? Memory? A particular time? Poetry or prose? A sonnet? A simple verse? Flash Fiction or an anecdote? Does it call for a narrative poem? Or a short story? Perhaps a bit of whimsy? This workbook is intended to motivate, inspire and entertain the creative spirit. It has no "how to" instructions, simply visual art and space to begin writing. Copyright Note: Writers who submit ekphrastic pieces inspired by art/photo copyrighted herein, may use the art/photo with appropriate credit to the copyright holder and the Ekphrastic Writing Workbook. Otherwise, all rights are reserved. (c) 2016 by Marilyn Hope Lake dba Compass Rose Publications.

Ekphrastic encounters

In the latter case, the ekphrastic writer aims to do with words something very like what the visual artist does with images. But the writer's chief object is just what it was for Theon's budding rhetorician: to represent visual objects ...

Author: David Kennedy

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526125811

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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This book offers a comprehensive reassessment of ekphrasis: the verbal representation of visual art. Ekphrasis has been traditionally regarded as a form of paragone (competition) between word and image. This interdisciplinary collection of essays seeks to complicate this critical paradigm and proposes a more reciprocal model of ekphrasis that involves an encounter or exchange between visual and textual cultures. This critical and theoretical shift demands a new form of ekphrastic poetics, which is less concerned with representational and institutional struggles, and more concerned with ideas of ethics, affect and intersubjectivity. Ekphrastic encounters brings together leading scholars working in the field of word-and-image studies and offers a fresh exploration of ekphrastic texts from the Renaissance to the present day. Taken together, the chapters establish a new set of theoretical frameworks for exploring the ekphrastic encounter.

Reading and Writing Experimental Texts

Ekphrastic writing “releases the narrative impulse that graphic art typically checks, and it enables the silent figures of graphic art to speak.”9 Ekphrasis thus introduces new voices, interpretations, and communicative possibilities ...

Author: Robin Silbergleid

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319583624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

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This collection of essays offers twelve innovative approaches to contemporary literary criticism. The contributors, women scholars who range from undergraduate students to contingent faculty to endowed chairs, stage a critical dialogue that raises vital questions about the aims and forms of criticism— its discourses and politics, as well as the personal, institutional, and economic conditions of its production. Offering compelling feminist and queer readings of avant-garde twentieth- and twenty-first-century texts, the essays included here are playful, performative, and theoretically savvy. Written for students, scholars, and professors in literature and creative writing, Reading and Writing Experimental Texts provides examples for doing literary scholarship in innovative ways. These provocative readings invite conversation and community, reminding us that if the stakes of critical innovation are high, so are the pleasures.

Writers Handbook 2021

Submit 3-5 poems. Poems under 40 lines stand a better chance of acceptance. Will accept submissions by post with SASE, but prefers submissions via form on website. View this listing online M0198 The Ekphrastic Review Online Magazine ...

Author: J. Paul Dyson

Publisher: JP&A Dyson


Category: Reference

Page: 424

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The 2021 edition of’s bestselling directory for writers returns in a new, larger format, with more than twice as many listings of literary agents, literary agencies, book publishers, and magazines. It now contains over 3,000 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2020 edition, and over 2,000 brand new entries. Finding the information you need is now quicker and easier than ever before, with new tables and an expanded index, and unique paragraph numbers to help you get to the listings you’re looking for. A variety of new tables help you navigate the listings in different ways, including a new Table of Authors, which lists over 3,000 authors and tells you who represents them, or who publishes them, or both. The number of genres in the index has exploded from under 100 in the last edition to over 500 in this one. So, for example, while there was only one option for “Romance” in the previous edition, you can now narrow this down to Historical Romance, Fantasy Romance, Supernatural / Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Diverse Romance, Erotic Romance, Feminist Romance, Christian Romance, or even Amish Romance. The new edition includes: • 128 pages of literary agent and literary agency listings – that’s more than the Writer’s Market (75 pages) and the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (39 pages) combined! • 82 pages of book publisher listings, compared to 91 pages in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook ­– but with a page size more than 70% larger this is like getting an extra 50 pages. • 64 pages of magazine listings compared to 63 pages in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. Thanks to the difference in page size, this is the equivalent of 40 extra pages. All in a book that is 30% cheaper than the Writer’s Market ($29.99 RRP), and 50% cheaper than the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (£25.00 RRP). International markets become more accessible than ever, with listings that cover both the main publishing centres of New York and London, as well as markets in other English speaking countries. With more and more agents, publishers, and magazines accepting submissions online, this international outlook is now more important than ever. There are no adverts, no advertorials, and no obscure listings padding out hundreds of pages. By including only what’s important to writers – contact details for literary agents, publishers, and magazines – this directory is able to provide more listings than its competitors, at a substantially lower price. The book also allows you to create a subscription to the website for free until 2022. This means you can get free access to the website, where you can find even more listings, and also benefit from other features such as advanced searches, daily email updates, feedback from users about the markets featured, saved searches, competitions listings, searchable personal notes, and more. “I know firsthand how lonely and dispiriting trying to find an agent and publisher can be. So it's great to find a resource like that provides contacts, advice and encouragement to aspiring writers. I've been recommending it for years now!” ~ Robin Wade; literary agent at the Wade & Doherty Literary Agency Ltd, and long-term subscriber

Making Sense

This motif of petrification expresses the second tendency in ekphrastic writing : that of freezing the vivid flow of words into a work of art . We have linked the strategy of bringing to life visual objects with Pygmalion , now it is ...

Author: Ralf Hertel

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004484474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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Fiction is fascinating. All it provides us with is black letters on white pages, yet while we read we do not have the impression that we are merely perceiving abstract characters. Instead, we see the protagonists before our inner eye and hear their voices. Descriptions of sumptuous meals make our mouths water, we feel physically repelled by depictions of violence or are aroused by the erotic details of sexual conquests. We submerge ourselves in the fictional world that no longer stays on the paper but comes to life in our imagination. Reading turns into an out-of-the-body experience or, rather, an in-another-body experience, for we perceive the portrayed world not only through the protagonist's eyes but also through his ears, nose, tongue, and skin. In other words, we move through the literary text as if through a virtual reality. How does literature achieve this trick? How does it turn mere letters into vividly experienced worlds? This study argues that techniques of sensuous writing contribute decisively to bringing the text to life in the reader's imagination. In detailed interpretations of British novels of the 1980s and 1990s by writers such as John Berger, John Banville, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, or J. M. Coetzee, it uncovers literary strategies for turning the sensuous experience into words and for conveying it to the reader, demonstrating how we make sense in, and of, literature.Both readers interested in the contemporary novel and in the sensuousness of the reading experience will profit from this innovative study that not only analyses the interest of contemporary authors in the senses but also pin-points literary entry points for the sensuous force of reading.

Medieval French Alexander The

The trajectory the viewer takes in, say, a church, may be arranged by theological principles—that is, the ekphrastic writer already interprets—and thus surpasses ordinary time and perceptions.6 The reader becomes a viewer for whom the ...

Author: Donald Maddox

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791488324

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 305

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Explores the significance of Alexander the Great in French medieval literature and culture.

Caribbean English Passages

In fact, one might argue that his ekphrastic eulogy, despite its overt message, serves to champion not so much the ... A generation after Modern Painters, this travel writer calls on the authority and guidance of the ekphrastic writer ...

Author: Tobias Döring

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134520909

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Tobias Döring uses Postcolonialism as a backdrop to examine and question the traditional genres of travel writing, nature poetry, adventure tales, autobiography and the epic, assessing their relevance to, and modification by, the Caribbean experience. Caribbean-English Passages opens an innovative and cross-cultural perspective, in which familiar oppositions of colonial/white versus postcolonial/black writing are deconstructed. English identity is thereby questioned by this colonial contact, and Caribbean-English writing radically redraws the map of world literature. This book is essential reading for students of Postcolonial Literature at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Searching for Sebald

8 As Heffernan points out , ekphrastic writing ( and many images in Sebald's works are described ekphrastically in the text , while many others incorporate or represent writing or relate explicitly to the surrounding text ) offers a ...

Author: Lise Patt

Publisher: Institute Cultural Inquiry

ISBN: 1889917117

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 631

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W.G. Sebald's books are sui generis hybrids of fiction, travelogue, autobiography and historical expos», in which a narrator (both Sebald and not Sebald) comments on the quick blossoming of natural wonders and the long deaths that come of human atrocities. All his narratives are punctuated with images--murky photographs, architectural plans, engravings, paintings, newspaper clippings--inserted into the prose without captions and often without obvious connection to the words that surround them. This important volume includes a rare 1993 interview called "'But the written word is not a true document': A Conversation with W.G. Sebald about Photography and Literature," in which Sebald talks exclusively about his use of photographs. It contains some of Sebald's most illuminating and poetic remarks about the topic yet. In it, he discusses Barthes, the photograph's "appeal," the childhood image of Kafka, family photographs, and even images he never used in his writings. In addition, Searching for Sebald positions Sebald within an art-historical tradition that begins with the Surrealists, continues through Joseph Beuys and blossoms in the recent work of Christian Boltanski and Gerhard Richter, and tracks his continuing inspiration to artists such as Tacita Dean and Helen Mirra. An international roster of artists and scholars unpacks the intricacies of his unique method. Seventeen theoretical essays approach Sebald through the multiple filters of art history (Krauss), film studies (Kluge), cultural theory (Benjamin), psychoanalysis (Freud), and especially photographic history and theory (Barthes, Kracauer), and 17 modern and contemporary art projects are read through a Sebaldian filter. If Sebald's artistic output acts as a touchstone for new critical theory being written on "post-medium" photographic practices, Seaching for Sebald suggests a model for new investigations in the burgeoning field of visual studies.


Ekphrastic poetry- poems inspired by paintings.

Author: Lorette C. Luzajic

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 153057370X


Page: 84

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Ekphrastic poetry- poems inspired by paintings.

Modernity and the Text

The writer approaches a cosmos that is only art, and he can only recount its aestheticized Gestalt. Ekphrasis becomes the sole option ... Ekphrastic writing becomes an exchange, a sacrifice of atonement as payment for the absent bodies.

Author: Andreas Huyssen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231515849

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The study of Austrian and German modernist literature has a long and venerable history in this country. There have been no attempts yet, however, to reassess German and Austrian literary modernism in light of current discussion of modernity and postmodernity. Addressing a set of historical and theoretical questions central to current reevaluations of modernism, this volume presents American readers with a state-of-the-art account of German modernism studies in the eighties. Essays by Jochen Schulte-Sasse, Russell A. Berman, Peter Uwe Hohendahl, Judith Ryan, Mark Anderson, Klaus R. Scherpe, Biddy Martin, Klaus L. Berghahn and Acbar Abbas, center around German and Austrian literary and philosophical prose of the early twentieth century. texts by well-known authors -Kafka, Rilke, Musil, Doblin, Benjamin, Benn, and Junger - and less well-known ones -Franz Jung, Carl Einstein, Ernst Bloch, Lou Andreas-Salome, are examined. Particular attention is paid to the processes and strategies by which certain experiences of "modern life" are translated into modern aesthetic forms. The unique contribution of this volume is that it combines theory with an attempt to reintroduce an historical and contextual dimension. The authors believe that their revisions of Ausrian and German modernism will themselves be informed by a new set of questions pertinent to the modernist debate.

The Material Image

Riefenstahl's film thus proclaims itself a participant in the tradition of ekphrastic writing and in the paragones — or battle of the artswithin which this genre situates itself . Although writing — it should be noted in qualification ...

Author: Brigitte Peucker

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804754314

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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Focusing on intermediality, The Material Image situates film within questions of representation familiar from the other arts: What is meant by figuring the real? How is the real suggested by visual metaphors, and what is its relation to illusion? How is the spectator figured as entering the text, and how does the image enter our world? The film's spectator is integral to these concerns. Cognitive and phenomenological approaches to perception alike claim that spectatorial affect is "real" even when it is film that produces it. Central to the staging of intermediality in film, tableaux moments in film also figure prominently in the book. Films by Scorsese, Greenaway, Wenders, and Kubrick are seen to address painterly, photographic, and digital images in relation to effects of the real. Hitchcock's films are examined with regard to modernist and realist effects in painting. Chapters on Fassbinder and Haneke analyze the significance of tableau for the body in pain, while a final chapter on horror film explores the literalism of psychopathic tableau. Here, too, art and the body—images and the real—are juxtaposed and entwined in a set of relations.

Getting the Picture

This book takes a probing look at how Spanish poets of the twentieth century read objects of visual art, write poems that utilize the discursive strategy known as ekphrasis, and how, in turn, they are read by those texts.

Author: Margaret Helen Persin

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838753353

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

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This book takes a probing look at how Spanish poets of the twentieth century read objects of visual art, write poems that utilize the discursive strategy known as ekphrasis, and how, in turn, they are read by those texts. As a result of their reading practices, the artistic works "read" by the poets are inscribed in the poets' own texts, and in a variety of ways. This analysis sheds light on the poets' own distinctive stance toward many primary issues, such as textuality, representation, language, power, ideology, literature, and art.

Dream of the Moving Statue

Murray Krieger , " The Ekphrastic Principle and the Still Movement of Poetry ; or Laokoon Revisited , " in his The ... both argue that the paradoxes of ekphrastic writing can be taken as emblematic of dilemmas that affect all forms of ...

Author: Kenneth Gross

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271046376

Category: Psychology


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Shakespeare s Pictures

known reflection on the power of ekphrastic writing: Fundamentally, I suggest that thereness is what's in question. Writing is always tormented by the question of real presence, by challenges to knowability, by the problematics of truth ...

Author: Keir Elam

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408179772

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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Shakespeare's Pictures is the first full-length study of visual objects in Shakespearean drama. In several plays (Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night, among others) pictures are brought on stage - in the form of portraits or other images - as part of the dramatic action. Shakespeare's characters show, exchange and describe them. The pictures arouse in their beholders strong feelings, of desire, nostalgia or contempt, and sometimes even taking the place of the people they depict. The pictures presented in Shakespeare's work are part of the language of the drama, and they have a significant impact on theatrical performance, from Shakespeare's time to our own. Keir Elam pays close attention to the iconographic and literary contexts of Shakespeare's pictures while also exploring their role in performance history. Highly illustrated with 46 images, this volume examines the conflicted cooperation between the visual and the verbal.

The Wallflower Avant Garde

As Murray Krieger, following Leo Spitzer, argues, circularity offers the ekphrastic writer an alternative to linear progress, suggesting the possibility that the art object might crystallize a moment of perception and preserve it from ...

Author: Brian Glavey

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190202651

Category: Art in literature

Page: 224

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The Wallflower Avant-Garde argues for the importance of a strain of modernist formalism based in ekphrasis, the literary imitation of the visual arts. Often associated with a conservative aesthetic of wholeness, permanence, and autonomy, ekphrastic writing also involves excess, failure, andmimesis, conjuring an aesthetic sense of closure and unity out of impossible imitations. This choreography of imitation and autonomy resonates with many of the foundational insights of queer theory: the way it situates identity as an effect of performativity, artifice, and mimesis. Unlike many queertheorists, however, this book insists that we value both the imitations and the aspirations that guide them, underlining not only the illusoriness of identity but also its allure. This more capacious formalism allows aspects of modernists aesthetic that have seemed regressive or repressive to beread as generative forms of stasis, quiet, reserve, shyness, and so on.

Manuscripts Illuminated A Collection of Ekphrastic Poems

These poems and their introduction showcase the work I have completed both researching and writing in the genre.



ISBN: OCLC:656182546



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This thesis is a unique integration of creative writing and research of a specific literary tradition. As a student of art history and literature, and a creative writer, I am interested in fusing my interests by writing about art and studying the relationships between text and image. I have written a collection of ekphrastic poems, poems which are based on works of art. After reading extensively in this genre of poetry and researching its origins and evolution throughout literary history, I have come to a greater appreciation for those who write ekphrasis and what it can accomplish in the craft of writing. These poems and their introduction showcase the work I have completed both researching and writing in the genre.