Modern Ekphrasis by Emilie BilmanModern Ekphrasis by Emilie Bilman

Modern Ekphrasis

byEmilie Bilman

Paperback | April 4, 2013

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Modern Ekphrasis explores the analogical relations between modern poetry and painting in ekphrasis from Horace’s mimetic «ut pictura poesis» tradition to Lessing’s temporal/spatial antithesis, and the analogy’s post-modern deconstruction with Derrida. The genesis of ekphrasis is demonstrated by close analytical readings of modern poems by Howard Nemerov, W.C. Williams, Sylvia Plath, and John Ashbery, mostly written on modern paintings by Paul Klee, Charles Demuth, Giorgio de Chirico, and Frank Stella. In an innovative approach, the author applies Anton Ehrenzweig’s concept of «unconscious scanning» to a syncretic visualisation of Klee’s Mountain Flora. Viewed with an undifferentiated depth vision that can fix the figure and background in a single glance, Mountain Flora acquires deeper verisimilitude.
The self-reflexivity of the poems which comments on their creative processes and the interrelations of ekphrasis with cognition are analysed after the critical writings of Freud, Panowsky, Gombrich, Hagstrum, Arnheim, Steiner, Ehrenzweig, Derrida, and in the light of the latest neuroscientific discoveries. Homer’s shield, Swift’s tree, W.C. Williams’ pot of flowers, and Ashbery’s canvas create a suture within the ekphrastic poem in our imagination. This book demonstrates the evolution of literature and the humanities in our society from classicism to post-modernism which counteracted the self-alienation caused by our modern communication technology by inventing new socio-artistic circuits and new social identities.
Emily Bilman is a poet and literary critic in Geneva. She earned her PhD from East Anglia University, where she taught literature. She contributes regularly to literary magazines with interdisciplinary articles. Her book of poems in French is entitled La rivière de soi. Her poems were published in T. S. Eliot Journal, The London Magazi...
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Title:Modern EkphrasisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:April 4, 2013Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034313632

ISBN - 13:9783034313636

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Contents: The Analogy Between Poetry and Painting in Classical Antiquity – G.E. Lessing’s Distinction Between the Spatial and the Temporal Arts and Modern Criticism – Temporal Movement Captured in Marcel Duchamp’s painting and X.J. Kennedy’s poem “Nude Descending A Staircase” – A. Cronin’s poem, “Lines for a Painter” and P. Swift’s “Tree in Camden Town” – Slyvia Plath’s Subjective Reactionary Ekphrasis In “The Disquieting Muses” and Giorgio de Chirico’s painting of the same name – The Interrelation Modern Ekphrasis with Cognition, Perception, and Memory – Micheal Hamburger’s poem, “A Painter Painted” and Lucien Freud’s “Francis Bacon” – The Spatio-Temporal Dimension of Literary Iconicity in W. C. Williams' "The Pot of Flowers" and Charles Demuth's “Tuberoses” – A Semiotic Comparison Between Linguistic and Pictorial Signs – The Sign-Thing Interaction in Howard Nemerov’s poem “The Painter Dreaming in the Scholar’s House”, Paul Klee’s “Mountain Flora” and Ehrenzweig’s “Unconscious Scanning” – The Seeds of Post-Modernism: Jacques Derrida, Frank Stella, and John Ashbery’s “The Painter”.