"the Germ": Origins and Progenies of Pre-Raphaelite Interart Aesthetics by Paola Spinozzi"the Germ": Origins and Progenies of Pre-Raphaelite Interart Aesthetics by Paola Spinozzi

"the Germ": Origins and Progenies of Pre-Raphaelite Interart Aesthetics

byPaola Spinozzi, Elisa Bizzotto

Paperback | June 13, 2012

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It was in The Germ (1850), the first British magazine with an aesthetic manifesto, that the interart theories of the Pre-Raphaelites took shape. The thirteen young contributors advocated an ethical approach to art while at the same time acknowledging self-referentiality and meta-discoursivity. They defined the specificity of each mode of artistic expression while exploring the dynamic between word and image, moving from realism towards Symbolism and even anticipating Surrealism. The Aesthetes and Decadents were fascinated; the Modernists felt challenged.
Later in the twentieth century a succession of reappraisals transformed the Pre-Raphaelites into a well-marketed group of eccentrics, but neglected the complexity of their cross-cultural, verbal/visual art. This study aims to explain why claims about the autonomy and interrelatedness of the arts, expressed in the form of a provocative monthly journal, proved so influential as to be a source of inspiration for the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, The Century Guild Hobby Horse, The Yellow Book, The Savoy, and even for Modernist periodicals. Often regarded as a juvenile venture, The Germ was in fact a laboratory for expressive forms, themes, and ideas that had an enormous impact on the history of British culture.
Paola Spinozzi is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Ferrara. Her research includes an investigation of ekphrasis, illustration, and calligraphy in the work of William Morris, D. G. Rossetti, Walter Crane, and A. S. Byatt as well as a comparative study of scientific and creative writing. She is the author of Sop...
Title:"the Germ": Origins and Progenies of Pre-Raphaelite Interart AestheticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:June 13, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034302983

ISBN - 13:9783034302982


Table of Contents

Contents: Origins and Propagations – A Biographical Perspective on The Germ – Aesthetic Prose in The Germ: Moulding a Literary Mode – Germinal Poetical Imageries: From Pre-Raphaelism to the Fin de Siècle and Modernism – Legacies: The Germ as the Prototype of the Artist’s Magazine.

Editorial Reviews

«In their fresh reassessment of ‘The Germ’, its ambitions, its paradoxes, and its self-reflexivity, the authors provide a useful literary and critical addition to the recent inclusion of Pre-Raphaelitism within the broader context of European Avant-gardes [...].» (Béatrice Laurent, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens 79, 2014)