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The New Middle Ages

Ekphrastic Medieval Visions

A New Discussion in Interarts Theory

Authors: Barbetti, C.

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About this book

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 authors

CLAIRE BARBETTI is co-founder of Janus Head. Her poetry has been published in Cimarron Review, How2, and The Drunken Boat.

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"Barbetti's book offers a much welcome addition to contemporary poetics and the theory of ekphrasis in particular, which often omits the Middle Ages and its rich resources for thinking the cultural relations between the verbal and visual arts. Ekphrastic Medieval Visions makes a beautiful case for the importance of medieval genres such as the dream-vision for understanding ekphrasis as a dynamic verb that activates a kinetically vibrant body-time-space dimension in poetry, but also in cultural memory." - Eileen A. Joy, Lead Ingenitor of the BABEL Working Group, co-editor of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, and editor of The Postmodern Beowulf and Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages

"Recently ekphrasis has been a topic of some interest to scholars of medieval literature. Yet there has been little truly innovative work on the subject of the ekphrastic Middle Ages ... Claire Barbetti's Ekphrastic Medieval Visions: A New Discussion in Interarts Theory is the first text that has completely turned the definition of ekphrasis on its ear ... Barbetti's book is innovative in so many ways. By forcing ekphrasis out of the shadows of the binaries of verbal and visual, of masculine and feminine, of seeing and feeling she has given us a powerful new tool to examine texts in a different and intriguing light." - The Medieval Review


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • An Introduction to the Field of Ekphrasis, or Ekphrasis is a Verb, not a Noun

    Barbetti, Claire

    Pages 1-14

  • The Ekphrastic Medieval Dream Vision

    Barbetti, Claire

    Pages 17-37

  • Poethics and the Ekphrastic Body in Pearl

    Barbetti, Claire

    Pages 39-59

  • Ekphrasis and the Polytemporal in Piers Plowman

    Barbetti, Claire

    Pages 61-79

  • The Ekphrastic Mystical Vision Text and the Rhetoric of Memoria

    Barbetti, Claire

    Pages 83-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ekphrastic Medieval Visions
Book Subtitle
A New Discussion in Interarts Theory
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-37053-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230370531
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10984-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29235-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 208
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