Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics.

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  • Author(s): KERTZ, LYDIA YAITSKY1
  • Source:
    Medievalia et Humanistica. 2020, Vol. 45, p75-99. 25p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
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    • Abstract:
      This essay addresses images introduced into medieval romance via literal and literary modes of ekphrasis. Literal ekphrasis is most commonly used to describe the process of making an object, providing cues for visualizing the image and the action in the mind of the reader or listener, while the object itself is generally described using literary ekphrasis, a discursive description that does not adhere to the structures of visuality. Reading the images of Dido and Aeneas in Chaucer's House of Fame and the Shield of Gawain in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as sustained practices of imitatio of Virgilian ekphraseis provides insight into a medieval understanding of a Greek poetic derice. In rewriting Trojan history using two distinct modes of ekphrasis, the literal and the literary, Geoffrey Chaucer and die Gawam-poet emulate Virgil and insert their work into a continuous poetic literary history. Medieval poetics of ekphrasis as literary' practice reveals epistemological concerns that tell us as much about theorizations of visual language as about constructing poetic genealogies through emulation of classical models. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1State University of New York at Geneseo
    • ISSN:
      0076-6127
    • Accession Number:
      141588116
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    • ABNT:
      KERTZ, L. Y. Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics. Medievalia et Humanistica, [s. l.], v. 45, p. 75–99, 2020. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=141588116. Acesso em: 26 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      KERTZ LY. Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics. Medievalia et Humanistica. 2020;45:75-99. Accessed October 26, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=141588116
    • APA:
      KERTZ, L. Y. (2020). Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics. Medievalia et Humanistica, 45, 75–99.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      KERTZ, LYDIA YAITSKY. 2020. “Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics.” Medievalia et Humanistica 45 (January): 75–99. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=141588116.
    • Harvard:
      KERTZ, L. Y. (2020) ‘Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics’, Medievalia et Humanistica, 45, pp. 75–99. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=141588116 (Accessed: 26 October 2020).
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      KERTZ, LY 2020, ‘Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics’, Medievalia et Humanistica, vol. 45, pp. 75–99, viewed 26 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      KERTZ, LYDIA YAITSKY. “Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics.” Medievalia et Humanistica, vol. 45, Jan. 2020, pp. 75–99. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=141588116.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      KERTZ, LYDIA YAITSKY. “Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics.” Medievalia et Humanistica 45 (January 2020): 75–99. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=141588116.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      KERTZ LY. Literal and Literary Ekphrasis: A Medieval Poetics. Medievalia et Humanistica [Internet]. 2020 Jan [cited 2020 Oct 26];45:75–99. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=141588116