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Ekphrastic Medieval Visions

A New Discussion in Interarts Theory

Palgrave Macmillan

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Part of the book series: The New Middle Ages (TNMA)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. An Introduction to the Field of Ekphrasis, or Ekphrasis Is a Verb, Not a Noun

  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. The Ekphrastic Medieval Dream Vision

      • Claire Barbetti
      Pages 17-37
    3. Poethics and the Ekphrastic Body in Pearl

      • Claire Barbetti
      Pages 39-59
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 163-208

About this book

Explores the transformative power of ekphrasis in high and late medieval dream visions and mystical visions. Demonstrates that medieval ekphrases reveal ekphrasis as a process rather than a genre and shows how it works with cultural memory to transform, shift, and revise composition.

Keywords

  • body
  • composition
  • corpus
  • design
  • ethics
  • genre
  • Medieval Literature
  • memory
  • Middle Ages
  • rhetoric
  • space

Reviews

"Barbetti's book offers a much welcome addition to contemporary poetics and the theory of ekphrasis in particular, which often omits the Middle Ages and its rich resources for thinking the cultural relations between the verbal and visual arts. Ekphrastic Medieval Visions makes a beautiful case for the importance of medieval genres such as the dream-vision for understanding ekphrasis as a dynamic verb that activates a kinetically vibrant body-time-space dimension in poetry, but also in cultural memory." - Eileen A. Joy, Lead Ingenitor of the BABEL Working Group, co-editor of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, and editor of The Postmodern Beowulf and Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages

"Recently ekphrasis has been a topic of some interest to scholars of medieval literature. Yet there has been little truly innovative work on the subject of the ekphrastic Middle Ages ... Claire Barbetti's Ekphrastic Medieval Visions: A New Discussion in Interarts Theory is the first text that has completely turned the definition of ekphrasis on its ear ... Barbetti's book is innovative in so many ways. By forcing ekphrasis out of the shadows of the binaries of verbal and visual, of masculine and feminine, of seeing and feeling she has given us a powerful new tool to examine texts in a different and intriguing light." - The Medieval Review

About the author

CLAIRE BARBETTI is co-founder of Janus Head. Her poetry has been published in Cimarron Review, How2, and The Drunken Boat.

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Buying options

eBook
USD 59.99
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  • ISBN: 978-0-230-37053-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)