Engraven Desire: Eros, Image, and Text in the French by Philip Stewart

By Philip Stewart

How do literary illustrations impact the best way we read—or extra subtly, what we learn? via a serious research of the position of engraving performed in eighteenth-century French literature, Philip Stewart grapples with this question. In either its procedure and its conclusions, his venture marks a provocative departure from the culture of viewing illustrations as simply photos, instead of as texts to be interpreted themselves.
Focusing at the objectification of girls through the “male gaze,” Stewart analyzes the varous ways that this masculine strength is concurrently represented and veiled: the fascination with ladies taking part in “male” roles, equivalent to infantrymen; the preponderance of voyeuristic pictures of the bare lady physique; the transformation of male energy into antagonistic forces of nature that render girls helpless. additional, Stewart indicates how “indecent” engravings that speculated to try the boundaries of eighteenth-century morality usually only strengthened winning photos of women.
Addressing severe matters concerning the societal enforcement of gender roles in literature in addition to crucial questions about the functionality of representation, Engraven Desire presents remarkable perception into the culturally conditioned act of analyzing. Stewart’s paintings, itself richly illustrated with thousands of arresting reproductions, makes an important contribution to our figuring out of the interaction of artwork, literature, and society.

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