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Lesen im Bild: Zur Ikonographie von Buch und Lektüreakten vom 16. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert


Messerli, Alfred (2014). Lesen im Bild: Zur Ikonographie von Buch und Lektüreakten vom 16. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur, 39(1):226-245.

Abstract

Over the past twenty or more years, scholarship on the history of reading has augmented its study of textual sources by making use of images. Images do not merely serve to illustrate and confirm established insights into the history of reading practices; they also reveal additional circumstances unique to the roles of images in the history of reading. By focusing on the image - whether illustration, woodcut, oil-painting, etching, lithograph, photograph, or drawing - history of reading identifies and permits systematic analysis of, on the one hand, the involuntary and topical representations of reading and using codices, books, newspapers, manuscripts, letters, etc. On the other hand, this systematic analysis also extends to innovative and even idiosyncratic depictions of reading. Discursive (verbal) representations and visual depictions of reading do not always correspond and often feature alternative or diverging elements. Although images open up history of reading to new lines of inquiry and can serve as correctives to long-standing theoretical approaches, a systematic analysis of depictions of reading requires a cohesive corpus of material, a critique of the image as such, and a method tailored to the specific medial qualities of the image. As it stands, history of reading cannot proceed any further without taking into account the visual sources that constitute that history's face

Abstract

Over the past twenty or more years, scholarship on the history of reading has augmented its study of textual sources by making use of images. Images do not merely serve to illustrate and confirm established insights into the history of reading practices; they also reveal additional circumstances unique to the roles of images in the history of reading. By focusing on the image - whether illustration, woodcut, oil-painting, etching, lithograph, photograph, or drawing - history of reading identifies and permits systematic analysis of, on the one hand, the involuntary and topical representations of reading and using codices, books, newspapers, manuscripts, letters, etc. On the other hand, this systematic analysis also extends to innovative and even idiosyncratic depictions of reading. Discursive (verbal) representations and visual depictions of reading do not always correspond and often feature alternative or diverging elements. Although images open up history of reading to new lines of inquiry and can serve as correctives to long-standing theoretical approaches, a systematic analysis of depictions of reading requires a cohesive corpus of material, a critique of the image as such, and a method tailored to the specific medial qualities of the image. As it stands, history of reading cannot proceed any further without taking into account the visual sources that constitute that history's face

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > History
Social Sciences & Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
Language:German
Date:1 January 2014
Deposited On:29 Oct 2018 14:42
Last Modified:09 Apr 2020 00:14
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0340-4528
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/iasl-2014-0014
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencegruyter101515iasl20140014 (Library Catalogue)

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