LUMEA ŞI IMAGINEA ÎN PORTRETUL SAREI DIN OPERA LUI JOHN FOWLES „ LOGODNICA LOCOTENENTULUI FRANCEZ”
WORD AND IMAGE IN SARAH’S PORTRAIT FROM “THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN” BY JOHN FOWLES
Liceul Pedagogic „Dimitrie Ţichindeal”
This article focuses on Fowles’s use of implied ekphrasis in constructing Sarah’s portrait and her relation to nature. Two scenes from the novel are analysed as alluding to Rossetti’s ”Proserpine”, Burne-Jones’s “The Sleeping Beauty,” and to The Pre-Raphaelite gaze. The associations of Ernestina’s and Sarah’s portraits with visual works of art are interpreted as building on the tradition of men’s view of women as objects of art and implicitly, of desire. The analysis reveals Fowles’s ambivalence over the visual art of The Pre-Raphaelites, and the way he challenges the oppositions culture/nature and man/woman within the contest between the verbal and the visual.
Cuvinte cheie: ekphrasis, vizual, natură, Pre-Rafaeliţi, opoziţie, verbal.
Key words: ekphrasis, visual, nature, Pre-Raphaelites, opposition, verbal.