• Course Number: ENGL 197
  • Prerequisites:

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  • Advisory Enrollment Information:

    Please note that course content is similar to ENGL 165PP.

  • Quarter: Fall 2023

Ekphrasis — from the Greek — “ek” out, and “phrasis” speak, refers to verbal responses to visual stimuli, which propose to “speak out” for them. This class examines the rhetorical device of ekphrasis as it has come to bear on word and image studies, and in particular, we will read poetry that speaks out for, against, in collaboration, and sometimes all of these at once, visual works of art. Descriptive, didactic, deceitful, disarming: from Homer’s shield of Achilles to Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts,” this class considers the relationship between words and images and the ways in which we respond to their coupling. Intermediality, Intertextuality, and Remediation are key terms that will guide our work, and students will research critical creative final projects that interrogate these concepts in relation to adaptation across and between media.


  • Schedule & Location
  • Day(s): tue thu
  • Time: 9:30 am–10:45 am
  • Location: SH 2617