Ecphrasis in Useable Text: a Genological and Discursive Perspective  Cover Image

Ekfraza w tekście użytkowym – w perspektywie genologicznej i użytkowej
Ecphrasis in Useable Text: a Genological and Discursive Perspective

Author(s): Bożena Witosz
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Ecphrasis; Functional text; Stylistics; Perception

Summary/Abstract: The author analyses ecphrasis in the linguistic context of genological conception, rooted in the Bachtin tradition. She treats it as a genre whose role is to consolidate the effects of communing with the work of art. Ecphrasis is analysed in the functional text, taking into consideration its dual dependency – on the type of a discourse (recreational tourism) and on a genre, whose ingredient it is (a guidebook). Its formal-compositional, stylistic, interactive features as well as the manner of conceptualisation of the object of art are dependent upon both contextual conditioning (the principles of discourse and a persuasive as well as instructional function of a guidebook) and the specificity of the touristy experience of the reality. The situation of an eyewitness inspection triggers an unusual game between a word and an object, between a “tourist’s eye” and “a guidebook’s eye”, between subjective and cultural perception, between the competence with the expectations of a tourist and the strategies of ecphrasis.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 105-126
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish