Keynote: Lucy Peltz & David F. Taylor

(two 30-min papers + live Q&A)


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Chair: Dr Claudine van Hensbergen -Associate Professor in Eighteenth-Century Literature at Northumbria University

Dr. Lucy Peltz

Facing the Text: A cut and paste cult and its afterlife

Lucy will be speaking about the interdisciplinary research that informed her recent monograph Facing the Text: Extra-illustration, Print Culture and Sociability, 1769-1840.

Dr. David F. Taylor

political caricature as literary history: intermediality and interdisciplinary risk

David will be speaking about the challenges of interdisciplinary research by drawing upon his experiences of working across textual and visual culture, especially in his research for his recent monograph The Politics of Parody: A Literary History of Caricature, 1760–1830 (Yale UP, 2018). Within his broader discussion, David will reflect on the ways in which it can be hard to find a natural audience for interdisciplinary work within the Academy, with the result that approaches and arguments are often unappreciated and misunderstood.

David writes: “The book’s methodology is, for me, its most important argument: it’s an experiment in constructing literary history from ephemeral material usually considered to lie well beyond the discipline’s purview. Beyond this, it charts the use of literary narratives and characters as a language of parliamentary politics and also the entwining of cultural capital and political literacy in the period.”

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3 thoughts on “Keynote: Lucy Peltz & David F. Taylor”

  1. In an attempt to begin trying to locate grangerized books in Australia, I searched the catalogues of the University of Sydney and the State Library of New South Wales and found nothing – it’s quite likely, as Lucy Peltz suggested, that cataloguing protocols have hidden grangerization. I wondered if Lucy, or other contributers, have been in touch with special collections staff and private collectors in Australia and New Zealand, whether individually or through BANZ?

  2. This is a question for David:
    I work primarily with social satire from the last 10-15 years of the Georgian era, and even there I have noticed connections between caricature images and literary texts. These range from visual reviews of novels to visuals mocking the fashion advice and trends discussed in periodicals and magazines. I wondered if the social side of caricature prints and images is something you study alongside the political?

    *I will be attending the live Q&A

    1. Thanks for this great question, Danielle.

      In The Politics of Parody I don’t look at social satire and argue that allusions to and parodies of literary texts are in far greater evidence in what Dorothy George termed “political” prints. The reason for this, I argue, is that social satires already deal in stock characters (the cleric, the lawyer, the cuckold, the fop, and so on), whereas political satires, which are concerned with specific people, have to transform individuals into types – and turn to literature as a moral typology by which to do so. I found that many social satires included epigraphs from literary texts, but that few were I we’d call parodic.

      But it sounds like you’ve found evidence in the archive that challenges my argument, which is welcome and exciting! Social graphic satire merits far greater attention, so I’m really pleased you’re working on it.

      All best,

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