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Romanticism and Illustration

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Peter Otto, Sophie Thomas, Dustin Frazier Wood, Martin Priestman, Susan Matthews, Sandro Jung, Maureen McCue, Ian Haywood, Luisa Calè, Mary L. Shannon, Brian Maidment, Martin Myrone
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  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425711

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  • This collection of essays takes a fresh look at the important role of illustration in Romantic literature. The late eighteenth century saw an explosion of illustrated editions of literary classics and the emergence of a new culture of literary art, including the innovative literary galleries. The impact of these developments on the reading and viewing of literary texts is explored in a series of case studies covering poetry, historical texts, drama, painting, reproductive prints, magazines and ephemera. Romanticism and Illustration argues for a more detailed study of illustration which includes the context of a wider circulation of images across different media. The modern understanding of the word 'illustration' fails to convey the complex relationship between the artist, the engraver, the publisher, the text and the audience in Romantic Britain. In teasing out the implications of this dynamic cultural matrix, this book opens up a new field of Romantic studies.

    • Sheds new light on a little studied, but important aspect of British Romanticism: illustrated books
    • Contains accessible essays by leading scholars which explore the emergence of literary art culture in the late eighteenth century in a variety of literature including poetry, drama, historical texts, and magazines
    • Covering the whole Romantic period in Britain, chapters offer an authoritative introduction to this topic and combines an overview with specialist case studies by experts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425711
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 58 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Editors' Introduction
    Part I. Illustrating Poetry:
    1. The ends of illustration: explanation, critique, and the political imagination in Blake's title-pages for Genesis Peter Otto
    2. With a master's hand and Prophet's fire: Blake, Gray, and the Bard Sophie Thomas
    3. Seeing history: illustration, poetic drama, and the national past Dustin Frazier Wood
    4. 'Fuseli's poetic eye': prints and impressions in Fuseli and Erasmus Darwin Martin Priestman
    5. Henry Fuseli's accommodations: 'attempting the domestic' in the illustrations to Cowper Susan Matthews
    6. Reading the romantic vignette: Stothard illustrates Bloomfield, Byron and Crabbe for the Royal Engagement Pocket Atlas Sandro Jung
    7. Intimate distance: Thomas Stothard's and J. M. W. Turner's iIllustrations of Samuel Rogers's Italy Maureen McCue
    Part II. The Business of Illustration:
    8. Illustration, terror and female agency: Thomas Macklin's poets gallery in a revolutionary decade Ian Haywood
    9. Maria Cosway's Hours: cosmopolitan and classical visual culture in Thomas Macklin's Poets Gallery Luisa Calè
    10. Artists' street: Thomas Stothard, R. H. Cromek, and literary illustration on London's Newman Street Mary L. Shannon
    11. The development of magazine illustration in Regency Britain – the example of Arliss's Pocket Magazine 1818–1833 Brian Maidment
    Coda: romantic illustration and the privatization of history painting Martin Myrone.

  • Editors

    Ian Haywood, Roehampton University, London
    Ian Haywood is Professor of English at the Roehampton University, London, where he is Director of the Centre for Research in Romanticism. His previous publications include The Revolution in Popular Literature (Cambridge, 2004), Bloody Romanticism (2006) and Romanticism and Caricature (Cambridge, 2013) – and two co-edited collections of essays, The Gordon Riots (Cambridge, 2012) and Spain in British Romanticism (2018). He is President of the British Association for Romantic Studies (until 2019).

    Susan Matthews, Roehampton University, London
    Susan Matthews is the author of Blake, Sexuality and Bourgeois Politeness (Cambridge, 2011). She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Roehampton University, London.

    Mary L. Shannon, Roehampton University, London
    Mary L. Shannon is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing, at the University of Roehampton, London. Her book Dickens, Reynolds, and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street (2015) won the 2016 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize and she has published articles on nineteenth-century visual and print culture. She is on the steering committee of the Romantic Illustration Network.


    Peter Otto, Sophie Thomas, Dustin Frazier Wood, Martin Priestman, Susan Matthews, Sandro Jung, Maureen McCue, Ian Haywood, Luisa Calè, Mary L. Shannon, Brian Maidment, Martin Myrone

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