New Book | Textual Vision

Posted in books by Editor on May 3, 2015

From Rowman & Littlefield:

Timothy Erwin, Textual Vision: Augustan Design and the Invention of Eighteenth-Century British Culture (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2015), 310 pages, ISBN: 978-1611485691 (hardback), ISBN: 978-1611485707 (ebook), $95 / £60.

161148569XA stylish critique of literary attitudes towards painting, Textual Vision explores the simultaneous rhetorical formation and empirical fragmentation of visual reading in enlightenment Britain. Beginning with an engaging treatment of Pope’s Rape of the Lock, Timothy Erwin takes the reader on a guided tour of the pointed allusion, apt illustration, or the subtle appeal to the mind’s eye within a wide array of genres and texts, before bringing his linked case studies to a surprising close with the fiction of Jane Austen.

At once carefully researched, theoretically informed and highly imaginative, Textual Vision situates textual vision at the cultural crossroads of ancient pictura-poesis doctrine and modernist aesthetics. It provides reliable interpretive poles for reading enlightenment imagery, offers vivid new readings of familiar works, and promises to invigorate the study of Restoration and eighteenth-century visual culture.

Timothy Erwin is professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and Short Titles

Introduction: Image, Ekphrasis, and Verbal Coloring
1  Bold Design in Alexander Pope
2  Promise and Performance in Johnson’s Life of Savage Plates Gallery
3  Visual Discourse in Hogarth, the Early Novel, and History
4  Picturing Jane Austen


Chrisman-Campbell to Deliver The Huntington’s Robert Wark Lecture

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on May 3, 2015

From The Huntington:

Robert Wark Lecture | Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
The Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, CA, 7 May 2015

fashion-victims_400Fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell discusses one of the most exciting, controversial, and extravagant periods in the history of fashion: the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in 18th-century France. She explores the exceptionally imaginative and uninhibited styles of the period leading up to the French Revolution, as well as fashion’s surprising influence on the course of the Revolution itself. A book signing and coffee reception will follow the lecture. Thursday, 7 May, at 7:00pm, Rothenberg Hall.

The Cafe will be open for light suppers prior to this event. From 5:30pm until the start of the program, attendees can enjoy selected items including artisan pizzas, sushi, cheeses and charcuterie, and beer or wine in the new dining venue overlooking the gardens.

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