Ekphrasis work of art Discussion
Understood as a rhetorical exercise wherein one describes a work of art through some other lively, rhetorical, and/or artistic mode, ekphrasis is a significant tradition in the Humanities. This assignment puts you into that tradition, calling on your skills and strategies of creative description to engage with a work of visual art. This is not mere explication or simple analysis; it is a response to a work of art and an imbedded interpretive act. Be creative, innovative, and daring. Some essays might switch between rhetorical modes, at once a sustained reflection incorporating poetry, mixed-media, rhetorical interrogation, and playful scripting; how you choose to give life to the experience of the piece of art is up to you.
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a piece of visual art that speaks to
a short explication of the work;
the modes of description you wish to use in engaging the piece;
the explication in writing your ekphrastic paper.
creative but maintain rigor;
with something inviting or catching;
to include the visual art you are
your short explication at the end.
with a work of visual art;
and cite the work of art;
format any modes of writing used (i.e. script, poetry, etc.)
on style and form, be ~3 pages in length;
use MLA citation style when necessary;
When choosing your
work of visual art, remember our earlier conversations and readings: what is
art? What makes something aesthetic? What are the levels of meaning present and
hidden within the work? The best projects will choose works carefully, use 2 or
more modes of description, and engage with the experience of the artwork. In short, this is not another close
reading assignment; you may consider Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn” for a model
of successful ekphrasis as you undertake the assignment. As always, please
reach out to me with any questions about this assignment or the course.
And, please do
have fun with this one.