Cultivating Picturacy: Visual Art and Verbal Interventions

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Baylor University Press, 2006 - 417 Seiten

Though English has no word for the visual counterpart to literacy, Heffernan argues that the capacity to interpret pictures must be cultivated and deserves a name: picturacy. Using examples such as the pre-historic cave paintings of Lascaux, film versions of Frankenstein, the provocative photographs of Sally Mann, and the abstract canvases of Gerhard Richter, the volume illustrates how learning to decode the language of pictures resembles the process of learning to read. While words typically frame and regulate our experience of art, the study also explains how pictures can contest the authority of the words we use to interpret art.

 

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Inhalt

Introduction
1
Literacy and Picturacy How Do We Learn to Read Pictures?
11
Speaking for Pictures The Rhetoric of Art Criticism
39
Alberti on Apelles Word and Image in De Pictura
69
Text and Design Blakes Songs of Innocence and of Experience
83
Marginal Language Word and Image in Blakes Visions of the Daughters of Albion
101
Painting against Poetry Reynoldss Discourses and the Discourse of Turners Art
115
Wordsworth Constable and the Poetics of Chiaroscuro
141
Looking at the Monster Frankenstein and Film
179
Love Death and Grotesquerie Beardsleys Illustrations of Wilde and Pope
201
Hockney Remakes Hogarth A Gay Rake Progresses to America
231
Peter Miltons Turn An American Printmaker Marks the End of a Millennium
253
Reza Pollock Richter Language and Abstract Art
287
Notes
311
Works Cited
373
Index
397

SelfRepresentation in Byrons Poetry and Turners Art
159

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Über den Autor (2006)

James A. W. Heffernan (Ph.D. Princeton) is Emeritus Professor of English at Dartmouth College.

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