Painting Words: Aesthetics and the Relationship between Image and Text addresses the importance of dialogue between art and literature, text and image in our image-saturated era. In a globalized world, isolation and compartmentalization hinder us back, whereas the Romantic idea of belonging urges us to look beyond and to build bridges. Bearing this Romantic spirit in mind, rather than focusing on a traditional paragonal approach, this book puts forward the benefits of alliance by offering an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective. Illustrations are included to guide the reader into comparativism and intermedial encounters, while providing an inspiring overview of the literary and visual department both in Europe and America from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. The different essays lead us through an aesthetic exploratory journey by the hand of Cervantes, Shakespeare, Felicia Hemans, Emily Eden, William Wordsworth, Edgar A. Poe, Flannery O’Connor, N. Scott Momaday, José Joaquín de Mora, Wallace Stevens and José Ángel Valente, among others.
Editors, Beatriz González Moreno and Fernando González Moreno have brought together an international group of scholars around the idea of "painting words," which they define as the pictorial ability of language to stir the reader’s imagination and the way illustrators have "read" literary works over the course of centuries. Many traditional comparative studies examine literature belonging to specific time periods or movements, far less frequently do they bridge visual culture with text-- Painting Words: Aesthetics and the Relationship between Image and Text aims to do just that.
I. Old Concepts in New Garments: Ut Pictura Poesis and Ekphrasis
- "Cervantes, Painter of Allegories of Folly, Love and Prudence"
- "The Presence of Ut Pictura Poesis in William Shakespeare’s and Miguel de Cervantes’s Works
Fernando González Moreno
Alejandro Jaquero Esparcia
II. The Sister Arts in the English Long-Nineteenth Century
3. "Embellishing the Poetic Text: Felicia Hemans and Female Aesthetic Education in the Nineteenth-Century British Annuals"
Beatriz González Moreno
4. "Emily Eden's Representations of India through Sketches and Letters: a Picturesque Female Travel Account of the Empire
Tagirem Gallego García
5. "William Wordsworth’s Ekphrastic Poetry: Wandering into the Realms of the Visual Arts
Macarena Rodríguez Rodríguez
III. Intermedial Encounters in America
6. "The Pictorial Richness of Poe’s Oeuvre"
Margarita Rigal Aragón and Fernando González Moreno
7. "The (Literary) Caricatures of Flannery O’Connor’s Short Fiction"
José Manuel Correoso-Rodenas
8. "Word Painter: Visual Tropes of Enlightenment in N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn"
IV. Where the Future lies: Transatlantic Interdisciplinarity
9. "Romanticism’s Pan-Atlantic Life: Blake, Shelley, and Byron in José Joaquín de Mora’s Meditaciones poéticas (1826)
Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge and Sara Medina
10. "‘Make visible’: Paul Klee’s Dictum and Wallace Stevens and José Ángel Valente’s Essays on Poetry"
Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan