This volume consists of articles on imagery in the poetry of various literary canons. Focussing on figurative speech, the authors analyse poetry of the Near East, Greece, the Arabic world, early modern Spain, classical China and classical Japan. The articles present new research based on individual approaches for each particular canon within a wide span from socio-cultural environment to semantic and cognitive properties of specific images. They deal with the poetics of the other, the role of the poet, poetic persuasion in politics, traditional typologies of tropes, intertextuality, and the principle of analogy. The authors combine literary theory with specialised knowledge of the local context and literary tradition and provide innovative and dynamic close readings.
Kerstin Eksell was Professor of Semitic Philology at the University of Copenhagen and Professor of Arabic at Stockholm University. She is an affiliated researcher at Stockholm University.
Gunilla Lindberg-Wada is Professor emerita of Japanology at Stockholm University.