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Literary Visualities

Visual Descriptions, Readerly Visualisations, Textual Visibilities

Ed. by Bodola, Ronja / Isekenmeier, Guido

    79,95 € / $91.99 / £72.50*

    Hardcover
    Publication Date:
    June 2017
    ISBN
    978-3-11-037794-1
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    This book challenges the focus on pictoriality as central constituent of visual culture from the perspective of literary studies, which in the wake of an ‘intermedial turn’ so far focused on the ways texts relate to pictures and visual media either in praesentia (e.g. word and image studies) or in absentia (e.g. ekphrasis). Instead, it emphasizes literature’s participation in visual culture at large and focuses on three areas of investigation: (1) the depiction of, for instance, visual perceptions in the literary mode of description, which is paramount to formatting the mental aspect of visual culture; (2) the readerly practice of visualising situations and events of the fictional world, which mediates between those mentefacts and techniques of writing; (3) textual visibilities which are grounded in materiality. The volume explores these three areas from a systematically integrated perspective and the essays include in-depth treatments of seminal examples taken from Western literatures (primarily English and German, but also French and American literature) from early modern times to the present. This book’s aim is to work out literature’s active role in shaping visual culture, thus demonstrating its relevance for “image studies”.

    Details

    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    283 pages
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Collection
    Keyword(s):
    Literary description; readerly visualisation; literature and visual culture; visible writings

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    Ronja Bodola, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder; Guido Isekenmeier, Universität Stuttgart, Germany.

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