CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Book Illustration [Collection]

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Christina Ionescu
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Book Illustration in the Long Eighteenth Century: Reconfiguring the Visual
Periphery of the Text

We invite proposals for a collection of essays on the subject of book
illustration to be published in 2010. We are interested in essays that
reexamine the traditional role ascribed to illustrative images of
eighteenth-century European texts. In the light of recent scholarship on
eighteenth-century visual culture and on word and image interaction in
illustrated books, should we consider the illustrative image to be a mere
ornament given its supposedly decorative function, an element more or less
important of the paratext due to its placement (peritextual or perigraphic
in nature), an unwelcome supplement when visual content diverges from
verbal text, an intermedial entity such as an iconotext because it fuses
text and image, or an intertext where the past and the present converge or

We welcome case studies of illustrated books, cross-disciplinary
investigations of text-image interaction and theoretical analyses of the
role of illustrations that use as examples eighteenth-century European texts.

Possible topics include:

- reader response to eighteenth-century illustrated texts

- considerations of authorial intention and artistic agency

- publishing practices of eighteenth-century booksellers and printers

- reconfigurations of the distinction between text and paratext

- illustrative images as frames or meditative devices

- discrepancies or tensions between text and image

- interpretations of the graphic design of a particular edition

- illustration as a marketing device

- illustrative texts in the context of eighteenth-century visual culture

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a curriculum vitae as Microsoft Word
attachments to Christina Ionescu ( by the deadline of March
15, 2009. Inquiries are welcome.

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