Ekphrasis as a form of intertextuality within the context of postmodernism in Tracy Chevalier A Girl with A Pearl

I. Ekphrasis as a form of intertextuality within the context of postmodernism in Tracy Chevalier A Girl with A Pearl
1. Theoretical background: (maximum 2 pages for this part)
• Pinning down the concept of Ekphrasis as a form of intertextuality.
• The focus of the theoretical approach should be developing towards definitions like:
• James Hefernnan’s definition of ekphrasis as “a verbal representation of a visual representation” (1991), and
• Dictionary of Literary Rhetorical Terms definition of ekphrasis as “an extended and detailed literary description of any object, real or imaginary; most commonly used to denote the description of a picture (or other tangible work of art) within a narrative; a common form of METAnarrative”

2. Practical examples: (roughly 9 pages)
First talk about the painting itself (analysis based on gender and colonial politics) [2 pages]
Then compare what is reflected of it in the novel and how.
Study how Chevalier uses ekphrasis in A Girl with A Pearl Earing to highlight gender and colonial politics. (you should elaborate more on two paintings: Girl With a Pearl Earring and the View of Delft) [8 pages]

II. Adaptation as a form of intertextuality within the context of postmodernism in Val Mcdermid Northanger Abbey (as part of the Jane Austen Project)
1. Theoretical background: (maximum 2 pages for this part)
• Adaptation as a form of intertextuality

2. Practical: Val Mcdermid Northanger Abbey as a Practical example – with practical examples from the novel. (Maximum 5 pages

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