Cod: 52027
Department: DH
Scientific area: Humanities
Total working hours: 208
Total contact time: 44

This curricular unit explores the specificity of the relationship between literature and the visual arts, both at a creative and at a critical level.
In the first point – On the concept of ekphrasis, we choose the concept of ekphrasis as central aspect of this relationship in the Classic Age, both at a creative level – the shield of Achilles, and at a theoretical level – Plato, Aristotle and Horace, in order to ponder in the importance that a speculative tradtition had in the dialogue between literature and the visual arts, and in the semantic modulations revealed by the concept of ekphrasis, and in the function of enargeia and sapientia .
In the second point - The Museum, we choose the public Museum in order to understand its influence in the Romantic poets in allowing an involvement with aesthetic alterities and a development of specific reflexive and speculative practices, and idiosyncratic discourses.
In the third point – Meta-discourses, we choose the central aspects of this relationship having in mind the dialogue that both literary and artistic creators enhanced among them and with this tradition – creative heritages, semantic modulations; the critical and speculative approaches they developed – critical essays; and, eventually, the dialogue between literary texts and non-figurative painting - The word beyond the figurative.


- the domain of conceptual and methodological tools in an interdisciplinary domain;
- the capacity to elaborate on topics while using the required conceptual tools;
- the capacity to build a critical and rational approach of the object;
- the capacity to ponder on the speculative dimension of the chosen object;
- the capacity to problematize the epistemological dimension inherent to the state of the arts on the chosen object.

1. On the concept of ekphrasis

1.1. Historic source;

1.2. Sign and epistem;

1.3. The enargeia;

1.4. The sapheneia.

2. The Museum

2.1. Lessing and the arts of space and time;

2.2. Aesthetic alterities;

2.3. Reflexive practices;

2.4. Idiossincratic discourses.

3. Meta-discourses

3.1. Creative heritages;

3.2. Semantic modulations;

3.3. Critic exercises;

3.4. The word beyond the figurative.

Avelar, Mário (coord.). A Literatura e as Artes – percursos de um diálogo (Chamusca: Cosmos, 2010)
Avelar, Mário. Ekpkrasis – O poeta no atelier do artista (Chamusca: Cosmos, 2006)
Baudelaire, Charles. A Invenção da Modernidade (Sobre Arte, Literatura e Música) (Lisboa: Relógio D’Água, 2006)
Heffernan, James A. W.. A Museum of Words – The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993)
Krieger, Murray. Ekphrasis – The Illusion of the Natural Sign (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992)
Malraux, André. O Museu Imaginário (Lisboa: Edições 70, 1963)
Praz, Mario. Mnemosyne – El paralelismo entre la literatura y las artes visuales (Madrid: Taurus, 1979)

E-Learning (fully online).

Students' evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.