The Victorian Illustrated Book, Spring 2020 Dashboard


This course explores the Victorian illustrated book as it came into being, flourished, and evolved during the long nineteenth century.  This writing-intensive Honors Forum course examines how a genre designed for adults found a home in children’s literature at the end of the nineteenth century and gains new expression in our time through the graphic classics, a prescient form of material culture. Students will learn how to evaluate and interpret an illustrated text by “reading” illustrations to decipher meaning, engaging in creative practice to become author-illustrators, and mounting an exhibition of Victorian illustrated books. With the move to online learning at Skidmore College, we will now create our exhibition on the Victorian era and book illustration by joining this group on COVE. Together we will build the exhibition through COVE's Gallery Builder.  Welcome to our group.  And let the fun begin!

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Together we will be creating an exhibit on some aspect of Victorian literature and culture.  To help us get started, I have attached a link to an exhibition booklet my class created in Spring 2017 on the topic of "'In the Know,' Victorian Style." In this exhibit, we explored these questions. What does it mean to point to your nose with your right index finger? The Victorians would immediately understand the meaning of this gesture that appears in George Cruikshank’s “A Chapter of Noses” from My Sketch Book (1834) and “The Jew and Morris Bolter Begin to Understand Each Other” for Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist (1838).  Pointing to your nose was a way to signal to another that...