Fuseli's Milton Gallery
Turning Readers into Spectators
By (author) Luisa Cale
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Fuseli's Milton Gallery by Luisa Cale
Book DescriptionFuseli's Milton Gallery challenges the antipictorial theories and canons of Romantic period culture. Between 1791 and 1799 Swiss painter Henry Fuseli turned Milton's Paradise Lost into a series of 40 pictures. Fuseli's project and other literary galleries developed within an expanding market for illustrated books and a culture of anthologization used to reading British and other 'classics' in terms of the visualization of key moments in the text. Thus transformed into repositories of virtual pictures literary texts became ideal sources of subjects for painters. Illustrating British literature was a way of inventing a national 'grand style' to fit the needs of a consumer society. Cale calls into question the separation of reading and viewing as autonomous aesthetic practices. To 'turn readers into spectators' meant to place readers and reading within the dizzying world of associations offered by an emerging culture of exhibitions. Attending to the energized reading effects developed by Fuseli's Gallery we rediscover a new side of the Romantic imagination which is not the solitary mentalist experience preferred by Wordsworth and Coleridge, nor divorced from the senses, let alone a refuge from the crowded public spaces of the Revolutionary period. Rather, Fuseli's embodied aesthetic exemplifies the associationist psychology espoused by the radical circle convening around the publisher Joseph Johnson, including Joseph Priestley and Mary Wollstonecraft. This book analyses exhibitions as important sites of Romantic sociability and one of many interrelated mediums for the literature, debates and controversies of the Revolutionary period.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199267385
(220mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Luisa Cale
Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Cultures, Hardback (December 2009)» View all books by Luisa Cale
Paying attention to the historically specific dimensions of objects such as the photograph, the illustrated magazine and the collection, the contributors to this volume offer new ways of thinking about nineteenth-century practices of reading, viewing, and collecting, revealing new readings of Wordsworth, Shelley, James and Wilde, among others.
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Author Biography - Luisa Cale
Luisa Cale is a Lecturer in the School of English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. She studied at the Universities of Rome 'La Sapienza', Genoa, and Oxford, and was a Junior Research Fellow at University College Oxford.
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