Hide and seek: mimesis and narrative in ekphrasis as translation

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This paper reports on my continuing engagement as a poet with the visual arts. It outlines the nature of a book of ekphrastic poetry sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain (AHRC), how this project relates to my previous work in this field and seeks to set this practice-led project in the context of recent developments in ekphrastic theory. It is concerned especially with the concept of mimesis as this term applies in both ekphrasis and translation. I will begin by outlining briefly what I take to be the main trends in current ekphrastic theory and practice before relating them to the two collections of poetry I have worked on in recent years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-166
Number of pages12
JournalNew Writing: The International Journal for the Theory and Practice of Creative Writing
Issue number2
Early online date17 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2014


  • poetry
  • translation
  • ekphrasis
  • mimesis
  • Narrative

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