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- DescriptionModern 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 invative 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, Pawsky, 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 techlogy by inventing new socio-artistic circuits and new social identities.
- Author BiographyEmily 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 riviere de soi. Her poems were published in T. S. Eliot Journal, The London Magazine, Hunger Mountain, Exchanges, Offshoots, Orbis, and The Princeton Alumni Weekly. Her doctoral thesis is published as The Psychodynamics of Poetry.
- Author(s)Emily Bilman
- PublisherPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Date of Publication04/04/2013
- SubjectThe Arts: General & Reference
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2013
- ImprintPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Content Note7, 6 ill. (col.)/1 ill. (b/w)
- Weight240 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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