Ekphrasis Reading List

Museum of Words – James A.W. Heffernan (1993)

Twentieth Century Poetry and the Visual Arts – Elizabeth BErgmann Loizeaux (2008)

Picture Theory – WJT Mitchell (1994)

On Photography – Susan Sontag (1977)

Camera Lucida – Roland Barthes (1980)

The Language of Images – WJT Mitchell (1974)

The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry – Edited by Tony Lopez (2013)

Neruda’s Ekphrastic Experience, Mural Art and Canto general – Hugo Mendez Ramirez (1999)

Ekphrastia Gone Wild: poems inspired by art – edited by Rick Lupert

Image, Music, Text – Roland Barthes (1977)

Languages of Art – Nelson Goodman (1976)

Writing for Art, The Aesthetics of Ekphrasis – Stephen Cheeke (2008)

Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology – W.J.T. Mitchell (1986)



Cecilia Lindhé’s doctoral research into Ekphrasis, in particular her investigation into the way digital technology is shaping literary representation. See:  http://digitalekphrasis.wordpress.com/

Tamar Yacobi, Verbal Frames and Ekphrastic Figuration, in Ulla-Britta Lagerroth, Hans Lund and Erik Hedling (eds.), Interart Poetics. Essays on the Interrelations of the Arts and Media, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997.

Norman Land, The Viewer as Poet: The Renaissance Response to Art. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994.

Grant F. Scott, Ekphrasis and the Picture Gallery, in Advances in Visual Semiotics. Ed. Thomas A. Sebeok and Jean Umiker-Sebeok. New York and Berlin: W. De Gruyter, 1995.

Tamar Yacobi, The Ekphrastic Figure of Speech, in Martin Heusser et al. (eds.), Text and Visuality. Word and Image Interactions 3, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999.

John Dixon Hunt, Michael Corris and David Lomas, Art, Word and Image: 2,000 Years of Visual/Textual Interaction, 2011.

Eric Kandel, The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present

Guy Deutscher, The Unfolding Of Language: The Evolution of Mankind`s greatest Invention, 2006.

Siglind Bruhn, A Concert of Paintings: ‘Musical Ekphrasis’ in the Twentieth Century, in Poetics Today 22:3, Herbst 2001.






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