The visual and verbal sketch in British romanticism /
Richard C. Sha.
Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press, c1998.
x, 277 p. : ill. (some col.)
0812234200 (acid-free paper)
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Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press, c1998.
0812234200 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-268) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-06:
How British Romantic artists and writers conceived and exploited "sketches" divides along lines of gender. Sha (American Univ.) fills a void with this insightful study of sketches as visual and verbal constructs. To contextualize the visual sketch, he opposes Sir Joshua Reynolds's disapproval of the sketch to William Gilpin's promotion of it. Sha places the visual sketch among womanly accomplishments and shows sketching, unlike painting, as appropriately feminine. For some women writers--e.g., Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan), Octavia Stopford, and Helen Maria Williams--the nominal offhandedness of the sketch may have accorded with modesty, while masking an assertive agenda. By contrast, major male poets relied on the sketch to counter monumentality, and Sha reads the 1793 edition of Wordsworth's Descriptive Sketches and Byron's Childe Harold in this light. Overall, the sketch emerges as artful rhetoric, not simply as a preparatory stage in the creation of a polished work. The only dissonant notes in this otherwise harmonious volume come from Sha's sense of language. He deconstructs period English to overread "taking a sketch" as capturing it, not undertaking it, and (perhaps whimsically) includes the oxymoron "Morgan's foregrounding of distance." An essential acquisition for collections supporting studies at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. D. Rutenberg; emeritus, University of South Florida
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Table of Contents
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Introductionp. 1
The Visual Sketch in Britainp. 22
"Keeping Them Out of Harm's Why": Sketching, Female Accomplishments, and the Shaping of Gender in Britainp. 73
Perverting Female Propriety: Women's Verbal Sketches as Proper Display of Perversionp. 105
Sketching, Courtship, and Women's Novelsp. 145
Resisting Monumentality: Wordsworth, Byron, and the Poetic Sketchp. 162
Select Verbal and Visual Sketches Published in the United Kingdom, 1758-1850p. 195
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 251
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Indexp. 271
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