The paradigmatic moment of the opposition between the verbal and the visual arts may be seen in Lessing's treatise on the Laocoon sculptural group, written in 1766; a moment that is identified within a historical framework of modern aesthetics that begins with Lessing, goes through Pater, and then culminates in Greenberg. The author delineates the opposition as a history of diffusions, displacements and idealist reparations of class division.
About the Author: Dr Pragyan Rath is an Assistant Professor in the Business Ethics and Communications Group of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC). She has researched extensively in ekphrasis with related publications in the Journal of Contemporary Theory (vol. 28, 2008) and the Critical Enquiry (vol. 1.4, 2009); and related paper presentations in Word & Image (Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, 2007); Rethinking the Visual (Thrissur, Kerela, 2008); and On Aesthetics (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2008).