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Print, Visuality, and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Satire: "The Scope in Ev'ry Page"

Katherine Mannheimer
Format
Book
Published
New York : Routledge, 2011.
Language
English
Series
Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature
ISBN
9780415890823, 0415890829, 9780203817353, 0203817354
Summary
"This study interprets eighteenth-century satire's famous typographical obsession as a fraught response to the Enlightenment's "ocularcentric" epistemological paradigms, and to a print-cultural moment identified by book-historians as increasingly "visual"--As the first to pay widespread attention to format, layout, and visual advertising strategies. The Augustans were convinced of the ability of their texts to function as a kind of optical machinery rivaling that of the New Science, enhancing readers' physical and moral vision, while at the same time they feared the dangers of an overly-scrutinizing gaze as one that might undermine the viewer's natural faculty for candor, sympathy, delight, and desire. Mannheimer studies this distrust of the empirical gaze, and its applications in print, to the inherent gender politics and broader ethical concerns of ocularcentrism in the works of Montagu, Swift, Pope, and Fielding. These writers sought to ensure that print itself never became either a mere tool of, or an inert object for, the gaze, but rather that it remained a dynamic and interactive medium by which readers could learn both to see and to see themselves seeing"--
Description
ix, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 218-229) and index.
Series Statement
Routledge studies in eighteenth-century literature ; 8
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