Ekphrasis and the Internet: Connecting the Verbal and the Visual
with Computer-mediated Student Projects

Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and Association for Computers and the Humanities
University of Glasgow, Scotland, July 2000
Presented by Donna Reiss, Tidewater Community College (Virginia)
and Art Young, Clemson University (South Carolina) <apyoung@clemson.edu>

Abstract for Conference | Works Cited in Presentation

Presentation Overview
We have been thinking about ekphrasis, the relationship between verbal and visual representations, as a learning strategy—the introduction of novice scholars to new knowledge through active participation in the creation of verbal and visual compositions—and would like to show you some examples through our students’ work and to consider the impact of the Internet on these activities. Our presentation today will consider the following issues:

  1. The World Wide Web provides students with access to digitized primary sources that might otherwise be unavailable, for example, to one of the primary examples of ekphrasis, the poems and engravings of William Blake.
  2. email and the Web provide students with (a) ways to increase their interest in and understanding of creative compositions by dialogic communication as well as (b) opportunities to publish their own verbal and visual compositions online.
  3. Scholars and teachers of visual literacy, verbal-visual relationships, hypertext, and communication provide the theoretical bases for these verbal-visual composing activities. 

And we will illustrate with examples of two student projects:

Illustrations for presentation on Technology of Art Projects, Humanities 105, Technology and the Liberal Arts, Tidewater Community College (Virginia), Donna Reiss

Illustrations for presentation on William Blake Project, English 416, The Romantic Period, Clemson University (South Carolina), Art Young 


http://wordsworth2.net/projects/achalc2k/ developed July 2000 by D. Reiss and modified 13 November 2000 by D. Reiss