Transposing Art into Texts in French Romantic Literature

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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This book examines literary representations of various art forms in a series of major texts from the Romantic period of French literature (1800-1850). There has been considerable recent critical interest in intermediality--and specifically in ekphrasis, or the verbal representation of a visual work--in Western European literature, but little attention has been given to French writers in this tradition. French poets and novelists made a concerted effort, however, to develop interarts relations in the first half of the nineteenth century, even before Baudelaire articulated his famous concept of the correspondences among the arts. Henry Majewski explores efforts to represent and interpret various artworks in poems and novels by a diverse collection of writers including Hugo, Gautier, Michelet, Nerval, Sand, and Balzac.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements 11(2)
Introduction: Art, Ekphrasis and the Museum 13(8)
Painting into Text: Theophile Gautier's Artistic Screen
Reading Melancholy: French Romantic Interpretations of Durer's Engravings
George Sand's Aesthetic Dream: Artists and Artisans in Les Maitres mosaistes
Painting as Intertext in Balzac's La Fille aux yeux d'or
The Art Collection: Authentic Values in Balzac's Le Cousin Pons
Conclusion: Louis Boulanger, the Painter-poet of Romanticism-from Mazeppa to Petrarch 103(5)
Works Cited 108(3)
Illustrations 111

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