In this Book

Portraiture and British Gothic Fiction
buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary
Traditionally, kings and rulers were featured on stamps and money; the titled and affluent commissioned busts and portraits; and criminals and missing persons appeared on wanted posters. British writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, however, reworked ideas about portraiture to promote the value and agendas of the ordinary middle classes. According to Kamilla Elliott, our current practices of “picture identification” (driver’s licenses, passports, and so on) are rooted in these late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century debates. Portraiture and British Gothic Fiction examines ways writers such as Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, and C. R. Maturin as well as artists, historians, politicians, and periodical authors dealt with changes in how social identities were understood and valued in British culture—specifically, who was represented by portraits and how they were represented as they vied for social power. Elliott investigates multiple aspects of picture identification: its politics, epistemologies, semiotics, and aesthetics, and the desires and phobias that it produces. Her extensive research not only covers Gothic literature’s best-known and most studied texts but also engages with more than 100 Gothic works in total, expanding knowledge of first-wave Gothic fiction as well as opening new windows into familiar work.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover and Front Matter
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Note to the Reader
  2. p. xiii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1. Theory and/of Picture Identification
  2. pp. 19-35
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. The Politics of Picture Identification
  2. pp. 36-78
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. “The Age of Portraiture” and the Portraiture of Politics
  2. pp. 79-101
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. Matriarchal versus Patriarchal Picture Identification
  2. pp. 102-137
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Portraits, Progeny, Iconolatry, and Iconoclasm
  2. pp. 138-165
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. Identifying Pictures
  2. pp. 166-185
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. Pictures Identifying
  2. pp. 186-202
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8. Iconism and the Aesthetics of Gothic Fiction
  2. pp. 203-219
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. Desiring Picture Identification
  2. pp. 220-254
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10. Fearing Picture Identification
  2. pp. 255-280
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 281-293
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 295-301
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 303-325
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-336
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.