Fuselis Milton Gallery: Turning Readers into Spectators by Luisa Cale

Fuselis Milton Gallery: Turning Readers into Spectators

byLuisa Cale

Hardcover | January 15, 2007

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Fuseli'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 marketfor 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 Britishliterature 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 effectsdeveloped 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'sembodied 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 interrelatedmediums for the literature, debates and controversies of the Revolutionary period.

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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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Title:Fuselis Milton Gallery: Turning Readers into SpectatorsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:January 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Turning Readers into Spectators1. The Literary Galleries, the Market, and the Field of Art2. The Spectator Turned Reader: Printed Text at the Galleries3. The Reader Turned Spectator: Visual Narratives4. 'Satan encount'ring Death, Sin interposing': Miltons Allegory and the Politics of Seeing5. The Plot of Adam and EveConclusionAppendix: 'List of the Pictures in the Milton Gallery'