Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures: Word and Image Relations in the Work of Italo Calvino

By Franco Ricci

© 2001

Ricci's book ranges widely over Calvino's oeuvre to illustrate the accuracy of the idea articulated by Calvino himself that a visual image lies at the origin of all his narrative. The book's main theme is the difficult interface between word and image that Calvino struggled with throughout his career, the act of perception that rendered visible that which was invisible and transformed what was seen into what is read. Ricci holds that Calvino's narrative has an 'imagocentric' program and that his literary strategy is 'ekphrastic' i.e. it is characterized by literary description of visual representation, real or imaginary. The book is interdisciplinary in nature and will interest not only scholars of literature but also those who work with the visual arts and with information technology.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.3in
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Ricci's book ranges widely over Calvino's oeuvre to illustrate the accuracy of the idea articulated by Calvino himself that a visual image lies at the origin of all his narrative.

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures: Word and Image Relations in the Work of Italo Calvino

By Franco Ricci

© 2001

Ricci's book ranges widely over Calvino's oeuvre to illustrate the accuracy of the idea articulated by Calvino himself that a visual image lies at the origin of all his narrative. The book's main theme is the difficult interface between word and image that Calvino struggled with throughout his career, the act of perception that rendered visible that which was invisible and transformed what was seen into what is read. Ricci holds that Calvino's narrative has an 'imagocentric' program and that his literary strategy is 'ekphrastic' i.e. it is characterized by literary description of visual representation, real or imaginary. The book is interdisciplinary in nature and will interest not only scholars of literature but also those who work with the visual arts and with information technology.

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Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    'One of the most daring and innovative studies I have read on Calvino, exhibiting an impressive command of the theoretical worlds of literary and visual studies.'


    Anthony J. Tamburri, Chair, Department of Language and Literature, Florida Atlantic University
  • Author Information

    Franco Ricci is a professor of Italian Studies at the University of Ottawa.

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