Illustrating the Illustrated Book
Illustrate: to shed light upon; to make lustrous, luminous, or bright; to set off with bright colours; to set in a good light; to display to advantage; to render illustrious, renowned, or famous; to confer honour or distinction upon; to elucidate by means of drawings or pictures; and to ornament.
According to Allan R. Life, “After several decades of critical neglect, book illustration has been reinstated as a significant art form… [discrediting] the notion that post-Renaissance illustration is beneath the notice of specialists in literature and art” (1977). Closer scrutiny of production methods, publishers’ goals, social impact, and the books themselves has since revealed anachronistic hierarchies of medium, underestimated faculties of visual ‘literacy’ among beholders/readers, and the significance of certain publishers and their products hitherto undervalued by scholars. This panel invites papers that consider the complex relationships of word and image in the illustrated book, calling for an engagement with the ynamics behind the creation, consumption, reception, mobility, and/or legacies of this collaborative artistic form.
Please email abstracts (250 words) and a short bio to Christina Smylitopoulos (firstname.lastname@example.org)The deadline for submissions to the Call for Papers is June 4, 2012. Membership to the UAAC-AAUC required for conference participation.
Yale Center for British Art
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