Julia Thomas

Julia Thomas is a lecturer at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University, Wales, UK. She is the author of Victorian Narrative Painting and the editor of Reading Images.

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Pictorial Victorians · The Inscription of Values in Word and Image
By Julia Thomas

The Victorians were image obsessed. The middle decades of the nineteenth century saw an unprecedented growth in the picture industry. Technological advances enabled the Victorians to adorn with images the pages of their books and the walls of their homes. But this was not a wholly visual culture. Pictorial Victorians focuses on two of the most popular mid-nineteenth-century genres—illustration and narrative painting—that blurred the line between the visual and textual.

“With a keen eye for significant detail, the author proves herself a meticulous, sensitive, circumspect, and convincing reader of the pictures she treats and of their relation to the texts or cultural phenomena they illustrate.”

James A. W. Heffernan, author of Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery