IntroductionIn Michel Houellebecq's novel The Map and the Territory (2010), the references to visual art, painting and photography take a central place in the narrative. In addition to verbal representation of artworks, there is an entire system of commentary, interpretation, and criticism of artworks, those created by the protagonist artist Jed Martin. The references to visual art appear explicitly as ekphrases, which splice the narrative time and again. As an intersemiotic transposition, or the verbal repre…
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