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The Poetics of Description: Imagined Places in European Literature

The Poetics of Description: Imagined Places in European Literature

by Janice Hewlett Koelb


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This book tells a remarkable story that begins in classical antiquity with ecphrasis, the art of describing the world so vividly that the audience could become imaginative eyewitnesses, and the events that caused an ideal of immediacy to be transformed into nearly its opposite, a preoccupation with representation of representation.

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ISBN-13: 9781349535576
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 06/08/2007
Edition description: 1st ed. 2006
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

JANICE HEWLETT KOELB received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA, where she specialized in classical Latin and British Romantic literature. Today she is an independent scholar in Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ecphrasis, Description, and the Imagined Place "As If Present": Classical Ecphrasis Unity, Form, and Figuration A Sylvan Scene The Universe Dead or Alive: Gilpin, Wordsworth, and the Picturesque The Visionary Eye: Wordsworth's Anti-picturesque Excursion "Till the Place Became Religion": Byron's Coliseum Epilogue: Immediacy

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