'ut pictura poesis' and Aesthetic Kinship: A Case from Modern Arabic Prose

Nayef Ali Al-Joulan


This paper responds to the ancient question about the relationship - or lack of it – between history and art, avoiding the partiality of many single-talented disciples of these creative endeavors. This matter is examined in The Tattoo (Al-Washm, ´alwašm), a collection of prose narratives written by Hind Abu-Sha’ar, a Professor of history, a painter, a poet, and an established short story writer. It examines the effect that her versatile experience, as a historian and painter, has on her language, by tracing the historian-painter, not as character, but, rather, as the essential writer of her narratives. In particular, it investigates the interrelatedness of the scriptural, sculptural, visual, and historical in her stories where the painter and the historian cooperate in injecting their visions into the essence of the language textures of the narratives. Abu-Sha’ar’s versatile talent produces a distinctive utterance in which the advantages of painting and graphic art are employed to achieve a visual dimension in the lexicon as the scriptural becomes sculptural; and history is exploited to enrich the painted narratives with visions from the heritage of the past. Thus, rather than being a record of dead past times, history is turned into an ever-present live-picture by the language of painting, an achievement that uncovers a psychological vision of notions of memory and recall and, hence, of history.Keywords: ut pictura poesis; ekphrasis; Hind Abu-Sha'ar; artistic versatility; aesthetics

Full Text:


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/n


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c)

Share us to:   


Online Submissionhttp://cscanada.org/index.php/sll/submission/wizard


How to do online submission to another Journal?

If you have already registered in Journal A, then how can you submit another article to Journal B? It takes two steps to make it happen:

1. Register yourself in Journal B as an Author

Find the journal you want to submit to in CATEGORIES, click on “VIEW JOURNAL”, “Online Submissions”, “GO TO LOGIN” and “Edit My Profile”. Check “Author” on the “Edit Profile” page, then “Save”.

2. Submission

Go to “User Home”, and click on “Author” under the name of Journal B. You may start a New Submission by clicking on “CLICK HERE”.

We only use three mailboxes as follows to deal with issues about paper acceptance, payment and submission of electronic versions of our journals to databases: caooc@hotmail.com; sll@cscanada.net; sll@cscanada.org

 Articles published in Studies in Literature and Language are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY).


Address: 1055 Rue Lucien-L'Allier, Unit #772, Montreal, QC H3G 3C4, Canada.
Telephone: 1-514-558 6138 
Website: Http://www.cscanada.net; Http://www.cscanada.org 
E-mailoffice@cscanada.net; office@cscanada.org; caooc@hotmail.com

Copyright © 2010 Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture