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The Evolution of the Victorian Illustrated Book

Catherine J. Golden (author)

ISBN: 9780813062297

Publication Date: Feb 2017

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

The Victorian illustrated book came into being, flourished, and evolved during the nineteenth century. Catherine Golden offers a new framework for viewing the arc of this vibrant form and surveys the fluidity in styles of illustration in serial instalments, British and American periodicals, adult and children's literature, and graphic novels.
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The Victorian illustrated book came into being, flourished, and evolved during the nineteenth century. Catherine Golden offers a new framework for viewing the arc of this vibrant form and surveys the fluidity in styles of illustration in serial instalments, British and American periodicals, adult and children's literature, and - more recently - graphic novels.

Golden examines widely recognized illustrated texts, such as The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Rabbit, and finds new expressions of this traditional genre in present-day graphic novel adaptations of the works of Austen, Dickens, and Trollope, as well as Neo-Victorian graphic novels like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. She explores the various factors that contributed to the early popularity of the illustrated book - the growth of commodity culture, a rise in literacy, new printing technologies - and how these ultimately created a mass market for new fiction.

While existing scholarship on Victorian illustrators largely centres on the Household Edition of Dickens or the realist artists of the "Sixties", notably Fred Barnard and John Tenniel, this volume examines the lifetime of the Victorian illustrated book. It also discusses how a particular canon has been refashioned and repurposed for new generations of readers.

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"A well-researched and well-written overview of the development of the Victorian illustrated book, illuminating an under-studied area of scholarship and pointing to intriguing connections between Victorian illustrated books and contemporary graphic narratives. . . . Exceptionally insightful." - English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920

"Generously illustrated and highly informative. . . . The virtue of Golden's book is its wide scope, from eighteenth-century artists such as William Hogarth to recent developments in the graphic novel." - Dickens Quarterly
Illustrations 72 black & white photographs
Pages 304
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 28 Feb 2017
Publisher University Press of Florida
Subject/s Literature: history & criticism   Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers   Media studies   Illustration & commercial art  
Catherine J. Golden, professor of English at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA is the editor or coeditor of four books, most recently The Mixed Legacy of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Text, Image, and Culture, 1770-1930.

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