Ekphrasis as an Analytical Mode in Biography: Finding Vida Lahey's Romantic Character
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This paper studies the earliest known extant work by Vida Lahey, Souvenir of the West Coast, as a means for the biographer to imagine how her character may be better understood through it. After outlining biography's epistemological terrain, I argue that the hybridity of biographical narrative lends itself to ekphrasis as biographical method. With a keen awareness of W. J. Mitchell's recognition that ekphrasis is a relationship of power, knowledge, and desire in the field of representation, an image from Souvenir is then used to test the method related argument and demonstrate Lahey's Romantic character.
a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
Copyright 2013 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Vol. 28(2), 2013, pp. 273-295. Asia Pacific Business Review is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article.
Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified