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Nicole Lobdell

Nicole Lobdell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English in 19th-century British literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.

 

 

"Illustration and Gender: Drawing the Nineteenth Century."

Beatrix Potter. Pansy (botanical illustration). 21 September 1896. from Victoria and Albert Museum.

Beatrix Potter. Pansy (botanical illustration). 21 September 1896. from Victoria and Albert Museum.

Special Issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 11.2 (July 2015). Now available online: http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue112/issue112.htm

Featuring:

Kate Holterhoff and Nicole Lobdell, “Introduction

Nancy Marck Cantwell, “Waist Not, Want Not: The Corseted Body and Empire in Vanity Fair

Susan Walton, “Suitable Work for Women? Florence Claxton’s Illustrations for The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte Yonge

Adam Sonstegard, “Mary Hallock Foote: Reconfiguring The Scarlet Letter, Redrawing Hester Prynne

Patricia Smith Scanlan, “‘God-gifted girls’: The Rise of Women Illustrators in Late Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia

Reviews by:

Kimberly Rhodes, “Finding Feminist Art History in the Nineteenth Century.” Review of Temma Balducci and Heather Belnap Jensen’s Women, Femininity and Public Space in European Visual Culture, 1789-1914 and Hilary Fraser’s Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century: Looking Like a Woman

Ellen Bell, “Not Just a Pretty Picture.” Review of Paul Goldman and Simon Cooke’s Reading Victoiran Illustration, 1855-1875: Spoils of the Lumber Room

Nancy Rose Marshall, “Brotherhood: Interrogating Pre-Raphaelite Manliness.” Review of Amelia Yeates and Serena Trowbridge’s Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities.

Veronica Alfano, “Gender and Lyric Intimacy at the Fin de Siècle.” Review of Emily Harrington’s Second Person Singular: Late Victorian Women Poets and the Bonds of Verse.

Laura Engel, “Wishful Telepathy: Austen’s Role as Romatic Advisor.” Review of Sarah Raff’s Jane Austen’s Erotic Advice

Edward Lear. There was a Young Lady whose bonnet, Came untied when the birds sate upon it; But she said: 'I don't care! All the birds in the air Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!'

Edward Lear.

There was a Young Lady whose bonnet,
Came untied when the birds sate upon it;
But she said: 'I don't care!
All the birds in the air
Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!'

from The Illustrated Police News 1888. This image shows women arming themselves with pistols, knives, and clubs in order to fend off the "Whitechapel Fiend" -  Jack the Ripper.

from The Illustrated Police News 1888. This image shows women arming themselves with pistols, knives, and clubs in order to fend off the "Whitechapel Fiend" -  Jack the Ripper.

 

CFP: “Illustration and Gender,” Special Issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Deadline: March 15, 2015

In Reading Victorian Illustration, 1855-1875 (Ashgate 2012), Paul Goldman calls for an “enlargement” of illustration studies; “[t]he breadth and depth of what exists and remains relatively unexplored is staggering” (15). In response to Goldman’s call and the increasing critical interest in nineteenth-century illustration, brought about by better digital access and the digitization of obscure materials, we are devoting the summer 2015 special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies to the topic “Illustration and Gender.”

The mechanization of print during the nineteenth century led to the proliferation of illustrations that generated cultural and aesthetic ideals and changed social perceptions on issues of identity such as race, nationality, class, and gender. Illustrations filled Victorian print culture, and accompanied novels in both serial and book form. British illustrated newspapers (The Illustrated London News and Illustrated Police News), advertisements (Pear’s Soap), satirical publications (Punch and Fun), and children’s literature, all served to foreground visual culture, ultimately redefining it. The intersection of illustration studies and gender studies occurred not only within the illustrations that accompanied nineteenth-century texts but also outside of them. Although illustrators of the period were largely male, there were several skilled female illustrators including the well-known artists Kate Greenaway and Beatrix Potter, as well as the lesser known Amy Sawyer, Mabel Lucie Attwell, Elinor Darwin, and Edith Holden.

Illustrations are complex and never synesthetic versions of written texts. They adapt texts by including their own content and exist on the unstable ground between written and visual signs. Combining aspects of art history, cultural studies, media studies and print history, illustration studies are innately interdisciplinary and an increasingly influential subset of visual-culture studies. This special issues seeks to advance not only an understanding of the relationships between illustration studies and gender studies but also ways in which digitization, including such resources as NINEs, Google Books, and Internet Archive, have increased both awareness of and access to nineteenth-century illustrations. We welcome articles reflecting interdisciplinary approaches and international perspectives on illustration and gender studies. We hope to address a variety of possible topics including but not limited to:

Studies of female illustrators of the period

Critical histories of illustrators marked by gender and sexuality

Depictions of gender, race, sexuality, and/or class in illustrated literary works

Depictions of gender, race, sexuality, and/or class in illustrated advertisements

Illustration and gender in periodical publications

Illustration and gender in the novel

Illustration and gender in poetry

Illustration and gender in the fin-de-siècle

The influence of scientific theories and discoveries (phrenology, evolution, ethnography) on illustration and gender

Avenues opened up by the digital humanities for visualizing gender in Victorian culture.

 
Please send articles of 5-8,000 words to both the guest editors, by March 15, 2015 (earlier submission is encouraged). Adhere to MLA style, using endnotes rather than footnotes.

Please include a coversheet that includes your contact information and a short (100-150 word) bio with your article submission. Please contain all identifying information to the coversheet.

Feel free contact us at the email addresses listed below with any questions or concerns.


We look forward to reading your submissions!

Kate Holterhoff, Carnegie Mellon University, kholterh@andrew.cmu.edu

Dr. Nicole Lobdell, Georgia Institute of Technology, nicole.lobdell@lmc.gatech.edu