Professor of Art Véronique Plesch’s chapter “Word and Image in Early Performance” in The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance (Ed. Pamela King. Abingdon: Routledge. 99–117) is now out. The volume’s editor, Pamela King, writes in her introduction: “Aptly the first chapter here [referring to the book’s Part II: Modes of Production and Reception] is handed over to an art historian, Véronique Plesch, who is a pioneer in the field of word and image studies. Plesch suggests new ways forward from the circularity of plunder by which literary scholars have turned to iconography to supply answers to how plays may have looked, while art historians simultaneously used textual evidence to supply readings of visual images, each discipline treating the other as ancillary. She demonstrates how words and images interact according to a varied syntax which can be described, how on stage words enhance what is visually represented, and how the attendant mode changes, breaking the flow of dialogue, deploy ekphrasis. ‘Ekphrasis’ is defined within word and image studies more broadly than is commonly the case, and covers a variety of instances when the word and image intersect to produce meaning. For example, a character may describe an experience that is not shown in visual terms, or spoken words are used to direct the gaze of the audience, and to charge the represented scene with symbolic meaning” (p. 5).