| Reading Iconotexts
From Swift to the French
and images have been discussed together on the assumption that they
are 'sister arts', but in Reading Iconotexts, Peter Wagner
pushes beyond the word-image opposition in a radical attempt to
break down the barriers between literature and art. He sets out
the new approach he has identified for dealing with the 'iconotext'
a genre in which neither image nor text is free from the other.
Examples include Swift's Gulliver's Travels, prints form several
of William Hogarth's best-known series of engravings and a sample
of the so-called 'obscene' propaganda prints that were published
during the French Revolution. Throughout, the author argues for
the importance of seeing text and image as mutually interdependent
in the way they establish meaning.
Times Literary Supplement
is Professor and Chair in English Literature at the University of
Koblenz-Landau. His books include
Eros Revived: Erotica of the Enlightenment in England and America
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