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The Poetics of Description : Imagined Places in European Literature (Hardcover)

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"The Poetics of Description" 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. The story continues with the European writers from Milton to Lord Byron who inherited this tradition and used it to describe places, both natural and man-made, to serve as figures for mind, memory, and creative perception. It comes to a surprising conclusion when, in the middle of the twentieth century, one prominent scholar''s misunderstanding limited ecphrasis to descriptions of works of art, and what had begun as an ideal of immediacy was transformed into nearly its opposite, a preoccupation with  representation of representation.

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Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
Mfg Part# 9781403974891
SKU 203138858
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1403974896
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0256
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
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