Ekphrastic Mirrors in Transnational Space
The panel invites papers that explore how the chiasmic reflections of an ekphrasis reveal the interior subjectivity, ideology and the desire of its author. In Ancient rhetorical theory, ekphrasis refers to the use of language to make an audience imagine a scene. However, the deeper function of ekphrasis, implicit in its descriptive use, is its rhetorical ability to call attention to features of a subject that may be invisible to the physical sense of sight—thus ekphrasis uses the visible as a means of subtly exposing or revealing the invisible. As bodies move through transnational time and space, recording their impressions, they inscribe their deeper subjectivities, ideologies and desires on the blank page or screen, perhaps defining a new, transnational ekphrasis.
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