Academic Commons Program

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Spring 2014


Literary Arts and Studies instructor Sam Leader teaches a Wintersession course called “Ekphrasis and Its Reverse: Writing from Art, Art from Writing,” which aims to “encourage students to see visual art in terms of writing and writing in terms of visual art,” and includes both studying and making ekphrastic work. (Ekphrasis comes from the Greek ek, “out of,” and phrasis, “speech” or “expression.” It generally refers to writing about art, but this course traverses both ways.) His ACP grant allowed him to build in supplementary lectures and a panel discussion open to the entire RISD community and to the public and to host a final exhibition and reading of student work.