Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

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Transmutations of Ophelia's "Melodious Lay"
by Byington, Danielle Nicole, M.A., East Tennessee State University, 2017, 54; 13830161
Abstract (Summary)

There are multiple ways in which language and image share one another’s aesthetic message, such as traditional ekphrasis, which uses language to describe a work of art, or notional ekphrasis, which involves literature describing something that can be considered a work of art but does not physically exist at the time the description is written. However, these two terms are not inclusive to all artworks depicting literature or literature depicting artworks. Several scenes and characters from literature have been appropriated in art and the numerous paintings of Ophelia’s death as described by Gertrude in Hamlet, specifically Millais’ Ophelia, is the focus of this project. Throughout this thesis, I analyze Gertrude’s account in three sections—the landscape, the body, and the voice—and compare it to its transmutation on the canvas.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Graves, Jesse
Commitee: Graves, Jesse, Reid, Joshua, Westover, Daniel
School: East Tennessee State University
Department: Literature and Language
School Location: United States -- Tennessee
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Language arts
Keywords: Ekphrasis, Millais, Ophelia, Pre-Raphaelite, Shakespeare, William
Publication Number: 13830161
ISBN: 9780438790957
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