Pictorialist Poetics: Poetry and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century France by David H. T. ScottPictorialist Poetics: Poetry and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century France by David H. T. Scott

Pictorialist Poetics: Poetry and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century France

byDavid H. T. Scott

Paperback | May 7, 2009

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This book offers a comprehensive description of how writers, in particular poets in nineteenth-century France, became increasingly aware of the visual element in writing from the point of view both of content and of the formal organisation of the words in the text. This interest encouraged writers such as Baudelaire, Mallarme and Rimbaud to recreate in language some of the vivid, sensual impact of the graphic or painterly image. This was to be achieved by organising texts according to aesthetic criteria so that as far as possible the form of the text as visually perceived would be closely interrelated to its content as reconstructed through the reading process. The result of this development was a radical redefinition of the scope and function of poetry, raising important general questions about the nature of the relationship between language and the visual image that are still very much of concern today.
Title:Pictorialist Poetics: Poetry and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.47 inPublished:May 7, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521110599

ISBN - 13:9780521110594

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Poetry and painting; 2. The poet as art critic; 3. Visual sources; 4. The aesthetics of prosody; 5. The art of transposition; 6. 'Spatial' structure and the prose poem; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.