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This programme considers the use of illustration in fiction publishing during the 19th century
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Module code and title: A302, The nineteenth century novel and its legacy
Item code: A302; 10
First transmission date: 20-06-1973
Published: 1973
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Duration: 00:21:33
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Producer: Nuala O'Faolain
Contributor: Louis James
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): 'Black eyed Susan'; 'Dombey and Son'; George Cruikshank; Hogarth; Illustration; 'Life in London'; 'Marriage a la Mode'; 'Middlemarch'; Phiz; Pierce Egan; 'Women in Love'
Footage description: The programme is introduced by Louis James. It will concern itself with the use of illustrations in the English 19th century novel. The technical background of the illustration methods is sketched. Example of eighteenth century book and its illustrated 19th century reprint is shown. Using Pierce Egan's 'Life in London' as an example, Louis James describes the emergence of the narrative work in which illustration is more important than text. Pages from this work are shown. Louis James describes the emergence of the serialized novel. As an example, the partnership of Dickens and 'Phiz' (i.e. Hablot K. Browne) is examined in detail. Shots of illustrations in 'Pickwick Papers' are shown. Louis James now turns to the work of other illustrators, notably George Cruikshank, an example of whose work is examined more closely. Illustrations in educational magazines are also considered, and the range and type of publication linked to the conditions of the times. Using Dickens's 'Oliver Twist' as his example, Louis James analyses the degree to which popular symbolism finds its way into illustration. Cruikshank is the illustrator and shots of several illustrations are shown. Louis James turns to the question of iconography in the Victorian illustration; he compares Hogarth's 'Marriage a la mode' with Dicken's 'Dombey and Son' in the question of illustration. Louis James considers the connection in style between illustration and stage melodrama. The illustration from 'Dombey & Son' is used as the example. A further example is shown to substantiate the link between Victorian novel and melodrama. A toy theatre is used and the characters from 'Black-eyed Susan'. A similar scene in Dickens' 'Dombey and Son' is compared with it. Louis James now traces the decay of melodramatic conventions in the novel and in illustration using examples from 'Middlemarch' and Lawrence's 'Women in Love', the latter being given as an example of that which is almost impossible to illustrate.
Master spool number: 6HT/70705
Production number: 00525_3001
Videofinder number: 2583
Available to public: no