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Approaching photographic ekphrasis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
2013 (English)In: Approaching photographic ekphrasis, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

My paper analyses the ekphrastic sequences in postmodern writer Tomás Eloy Martínez’s novel, Santa Evita (1995), in which the photographic descriptions of Eva Perón are a recurring theme. The photographic ekphrasis in this novel reflects the various meanings and messages the photography has, but it also manifests the appropriation of the photographictools and mechanisms by the literary practice to create a deceitful sensation of reality in the reader-spectator. The fictive world is created by miming the physical and mechanical resources of the photographic technique. Therefore, I will consider the contribution of photography studies and history of photography to interpretation in an inter-arts discourse, with reference to Brunet’s claim about photography having paradigmatically moved from the age of the icon (resemblance to something present) to the age of the index (trace of the absent) (2009:150). The referential ambiguity of the photography serves me to discuss further theoretical issues: 1- photography’s relation to history-making, history-writing, art-making and fiction-writing in the post-modern aesthetics; 2-the concepts of referential and notional ekphrasis (John Hollander in Mitchell, 1994:157) in the light of the traditional claims of truth and documentation made by photographs and the new developments in fictional photography, photographic ekphrasis and other photo-textual productions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
ekphrasis, photography, Tomás Eloy Martínez´ Santa Evita
National Category
Specific Literatures Arts
Research subject
Literature; Spanish
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114860OAI: diva2:794599
International and interdisciplinary conference: “Ekphrasis: from paragone to encounter” Department of English, The University of Hull Hull, England, 3-5 July, 2013 website: 1
Available from: 2015-03-11 Created: 2015-03-11 Last updated: 2015-08-07Bibliographically approved

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