Picturing the Language of Images

cover Picturing the Language of Images brings together established and emerging scholars from around the world to provide a broad exploration of the complex interaction between the verbal and the visual in a variety of media (such as literature, painting, photography, film, and comics, to name but a few) and across time (from the 18th century to the 21st century). These critics—coming from backgrounds as diverse as literature, art history, book design, and the visual arts—draw on different methodologies and reading practices to inform their applied analysis of the interplay of words and images in multimodal texts and artefacts.

The book is comprised of 34 essays and divided into 9 sections of 3 or 4 articles that examine and challenge the relationships between texts and images from either a historical, cultural, theoretical, or generic perspective. The sections are:

1. Verbal and Visual Literacy
2. Iconotextuality and the Limits of Representation
3. Ekphrastic Strategies,
4. Graphic and Illustrative Strategies
5. Text and Image in Visual Art
6. Photography in Fiction
7. Poetry and / of the Visual
8. The Language of Film
9. The Language of Comics


Picturing the Language of Images
Nancy Pedri and Laurence Petit

List of Figures   xi
Introduction   1
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3, France

Part I: Verbal and Visual Literacy

From Intersemiotic to Intermedial Transposition: “Ex-changing Image into Word / Word into Image”   13
LILIAN LOUVEL, Université de Poitiers, France

The Order of Knowing: Discourse on Aesthetics and the Language
of Vision   33
JACOB BODWAY, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Ecoutez-Voir, by Elsa Triolet: Situating an “Iconotext”   45
JEAN-PIERRE MONTIER, Université Rennes II, France

Part II: Iconotextuality and the Limits of Representation

“A Story in Geometric Shapes”: The Cross between Text and Image
in “The Kiss” by Angela Carter   63
PASCALE TOLLANCE, Université Lille III, France

Tableaux Vivants or Nature Morte? On Descriptions of Tableaux
in Goethe’s Elective Affinities   73
JOANA KONOVA, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

The Quest for the “Thing Itself” in A. S. Byatt’s Still Life   87
EMILIE BOURDAROT, Université Paris VII, France

Part III: Ekphrastic Strategies

Walter Scott’s Politics of Ekphrasis in Waverley   101
ANNE-LAURE FORTIN-TOURNÈS, Université Lille II, France

Written on Flesh: Peter Verhelst’s Tonguecat and the Ekphrastic
Tradition   111
KIM GORUS, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

“Sound Apples, Fair Flesh, and Sunlight”: A. S. Byatt’s Feminist
Critique of Matisse’s Depictions of Women   119

“Lots of Little Lies for the Sake of One Big Truth”: Ekphrasis and Memory in John Banville’s The Sea and W. G. Sebald’s The Emigrants   133
SEAN MCGLADE, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sciene and Art, USA

Part IV: Graphic and Illustrative Strategies

“As a Kind of Picture-Writing”: Walter Crane, Drawing, and the Creation of a New Symbolic System   147
FRANCESCA TANCINI, Università degli studi di Siena, Italy

“Not Waving”: Miscommunication between Stevie Smith’s Poems
and Drawings   163
KRISTEN MARANGONI, Bob Jones University, USA

Photo-graphic Devices in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud
and Incredibly Close   177
ZOË SADOKIERSKI, The University of Technology, Australia

The Shape of Trauma: Two 9/11 Novels   199
ELIZABETH ROSEN, Lafayette College, USA

Part V: Text and Image in Visual Art

Body, Text, and Image in Tatana Kellner’s Fifty Years of Silence   217
CHRISTA BAIADA, City University of New York, USA

Disrupting the Visual: The Dialogical Relation of Text and Image
in Lorna Simpson’s Photographs   229
CLAUDINE ARMAND, Université Nancy II, France

Parergon, Paratext, and Title in the Context of Visual Art   241
MIKKO PIRINEN, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

The Interartistic Phenomenon in the “Catalonian Garden”   251 VASSILENA KOLAROVA, Inedpendent Scholar

Part VI: Photography in Fiction

Archeology of the Image: Photographic Traces and the Postmodern
Archival Text   273
KAREN JACOBS, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

No Reality Here: Sensation Novels and Photography   297
ELIZABETH ANDERMAN, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Nonnarrative Structure and Photographic Images in W. G. Sebald’s
The Emigrants   313
J’LYN CHAPMAN, University of Denver, USA

Mute Images: The Photography of Melancholy in W. G. Sebald’s
The Rings of Saturn   327
ISABELLE GADOIN, Université de Poitiers, France

Part VII: Poetry and / of the Visual

“A Charming Picture”: Photographic Images of Holocaust Perpetrators   345
AIMEE POZORSKI, Central Connecticut State University, USA

The “Magical Bishop” of Dada: Hugo Ball and “The Inner Alchemy
of the Word”   355

Re-reading Blake’s “London”   367
G. A. ROSSO, Southern Connecticut State University, USA

“Shut from View”: Pre-Raphaelite Painting and the Invisible in Keats’s
Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil   381
FANNY GILLET, Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail, France

Part VIII: The Language of Film

Diegetic Frames and Photo-Cinematographic Seduction: Filming
through Text in Harold Frederic’s Illumination (1896)   395
ROBERT MACHADO, City University of New York, USA

From Remake to Remote: Tex Avery’s Fairy Tales   419
PIERRE FLOQUET, Université de Bordeaux, France

The Fading Art of Video and Loss of Memory: Michael Haneke’s
Caché and Amour   433
KAREN A. RITZENHOFF, Central Connecticut State University, USA

Part IX: The Language of Comics

Rendering the Familiar Unfamiliar: Art Spiegelman’s Maus   455
NANCY PEDRI, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

All About 9/11, All But 9/11: The Shifting Epistemological Paradigm
of Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers   471
MARTÍN URDIALES SHAW, University of Vigo, Spain

FONK! HONK! WHAM! OOF! Representation of Events in Carl Barks –
And in the Aesthetics of Comics in General   483

The Silence of Images: Traces and Effacement in the French Graphic
Novel Adaptation of Bohumil Hrabal’s Too Loud a Solitude   509
PASCAL BATAILLARD, Université Lumière-Lyon II, France

Contributors   529

Index   539


Picturing the Language of Images. Ed. Nancy Pedri and Laurence Petit. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. ISBN (10): 1-4438-5438-7, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-5438-2.