Victorian Illustrated Fiction Criticism: William Makepeace Thackeray - Essay

Christopher Coates (essay date 1993)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Coates, Christopher. “Thackeray's Editors and the Dual Text of Vanity Fair.Word and Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry 9, no. 1 (1993): 39-50.

[In the following essay, Coates examines how the editorial decisions regarding the illustration of Vanity Fair affected the reader's interpretation of the novel.]

One clause of the agreement between William Makepeace Thackeray and his publishers, William Bradbury and Frederick Mullett Evans, for the serial production of Vanity Fair stipulates that:

The said William Makepeace Thackerary undertakes to furnish by the 15th of every month sufficient matter...

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Victor R. Kennedy (essay date 1994)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kennedy, Victor R. “Pictures as Metaphors in Thackeray's Illustrated Novels.” Metaphor and Symbolic Activity 9, no. 2 (1994): 135-47.

[In the following essay, Kennedy argues that Thackeray's illustrations are often essential to a full understanding of his novels. The allusions and visual puns of Thackeray's drawings contribute further meaning to the narrative, Kennedy finds, and in some cases provide an ironic commentary on the text by their dissonance with the scenes to which they correspond.]

Literary criticism has traditionally been concerned with verbal metaphors. I consider a less traditional medium for metaphor: visual images in the illustrations...

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