Reading Iconotexts
From Swift to the French Revolution

Peter Wagner

Traditionally, texts 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.

'Illuminating' The Times Literary Supplement

Peter Wagner 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 (1988).


A book in the PICTURING HISTORY Series.


234 x 156 mm

216 pages 98 illustrations

Hbk 094846271X