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.
About the Author
CLAIRE BARBETTI isco-founder of Janus Head. Her poetry has been published in Cimarron Review, How2, and The Drunken Boat.
Table of Contents
An Introduction to the Field of Ekphrasis PART I The Ekphrastic Medieval Dream Vision Poethics and the Ekphrastic Body in Pearl Ekphrasis and the Polytemporal in Piers Plowman PART II The Ekphrastic Mystical Vision Text and the Rhetoric of Memoria Secret Designs/Public Shapes: The Space of Memory in the Ekphrasis of Hildegard's Scivias Inhuman Ekphrasis: The Forty(plus)-Year Ekphrasis of Julian of Norwich The Gift of Medieval Ekphrasis: Contemporary Ekphrastic Poethics and the Question of Art