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Reviewed by Jack F. Stewart
"Painting is mute poetry and poetry a speaking picture," said Simonides of Ceos, and there has long been a desire to compare literary and pictorial styles. Critical grounds, however, have been shaky: Wendy Steiner, in The Colors of Rhetoric (1980), pointed out hazards, such as slippage in metaphorical terms. Stephen Scobie’s lucid comparison of Cubist painting and language fills a discursive gap. His use of the Derridean concept of the "supplement" puts "mutual illumination of […more…]