Victorian Illustrated Fiction Criticism: George Eliot And Frederic Leighton - Essay

Shawn Malley (essay date 1996)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Malley, Shawn. “‘The Listening Look’: Visual and Verbal Metaphor in Frederic Leighton's Illustrations to George Eliot's Romola.Ninetheenth-Century Contexts 19 (1996): 259-84.

[In the following essay, Malley suggests that the tensions between literary and visual art that run throughout George Eliot's novel Romola are paralleled by the tension between Eliot and her illustrator, Frederic Leighton.]

The relationship between verbal and visual representation is central to George Eliot's Romola, whose quattrocento Florentines—its painters, scholars, orators, philosophers, and aesthetes—are very conscious of the verbal and visual...

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Mark W. Turner (essay date 1998)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Turner, Mark W. “George Eliot v. Frederic Leighton: Whose Text Is It Anyway?” In From Author to Text: Re-Reading George Eliot's Romola, edited by Caroline Levine and Mark W. Turner, pp. 17-35. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 1998.

[In the following essay, Turner examines the relationship between text and illustrations in Romola to illuminate the interpretation of Victorian illustrated fiction in general.]

Romola, serialized in the popular monthly Cornhill Magazine, was the only novel by George Eliot to be accompanied by illustrations in its first form. In his drawings for the serial, Frederic Leighton, now best remembered for his large...

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