Twentieth-Century Poetry and the Visual Arts

Twentieth-Century Poetry and the Visual Arts

by Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux
     
 

ISBN-10: 052188795X

ISBN-13: 9780521887953

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The emergence of photography and film in the twentieth century helped to create a shift from a culture of words to a culture of images. Since then, the question of how literature engages the visual arts has become a key question for literary studies. This extended treatment of the poetic representation of visual art examines a wide range of figures, from W. B.

Overview

The emergence of photography and film in the twentieth century helped to create a shift from a culture of words to a culture of images. Since then, the question of how literature engages the visual arts has become a key question for literary studies. This extended treatment of the poetic representation of visual art examines a wide range of figures, from W. B. Yeats and Marianne Moore to Anne Sexton and Ted Hughes. Elegantly and persuasively written, the study also contains a rich sample of images that allows readers to see the same works these poets were addressing. By investigating the complex, changing relations between twentieth-century poetry, visual art and audience, it considers the way in which poetic responses to visual art place the lyric firmly within the social world. For those interested in the interplay between poetry and visual art, this will be essential reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521887953
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the engaging eye: ekphrasis in twentieth-century poetry; 1. Private lives in public places: Yeats and Durcan in Dublin's galleries; 2. Bystanding in Auden's 'Musée'; 3. Women looking: the feminist ekphrasis of Marianne Moore and Adrienne Rich; 4. Ekphrasis in conversation: Anne Sexton and W. D. Snodgrass on Van Gogh; 5. Ekphrasis in collaboration: Ted Hughes and Leonard Baskin's Cave Birds: An Alchemical Cave Drama; 6. Ekphrasis in the book: Rita Dove's African American museum.

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