Miraeus lecture: The Visual Afterlives of Literary Classics door Nathalie Collé (Université de Lorraine)

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My intention in this lecture is first to trace briefly the genesis of Afterlife Studies, then to outline the evolution of the concept of “afterlife” from the metaphysical to the textual and then the (icono)graphic and/or visual sphere, and finally to explain what I mean by “graphic/visual afterlife/ves”.

Omwille van het nieuwe coronavirus wordt deze activiteit uitgesteld naar een latere, nog te bepalen, datum.

Sinds 2009 organiseert de Vlaamse Werkgroep Boekgeschiedenis, in samenwerking met de Vereniging van Antwerpse Bibliofielen en de Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, boekhistorische lezingen die de boekgeschiedenis in de Nederlanden in een internationaal perspectief plaatsen. 

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Abstract

My intention in this lecture is first to trace briefly the genesis of Afterlife Studies, then to outline the evolution of the concept of “afterlife” from the metaphysical to the textual and then the (icono)graphic and/or visual sphere, and finally to explain what I mean by “graphic/visual afterlife/ves”. I will eventually assess how the terms apply not only to book- but also to non-book-illustration. In approaching Illustration Studies from the perspective of Afterlife Studies, I would like to show that “illustration” is a much broader concept and reality than has often been claimed, and an essential one when it comes to the production, diffusion, consumption and perpetuation of literary texts, as well as to the formation of the canon.

 

Nathalie Collé is a senior lecturer in English Studies at the Université de Lorraine in Nancy, France. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International John Bunyan Society and the editor of The Recorder, its newsletter. She is the author of a doctoral thesis on the illustrated editions of The Pilgrim’s Progress and she specialises in the illustration of classics of English literature. The fields covered by her research include book history, reding and reception, and text-image relationships.

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