The Efflorescence of Caricature by Todd Porterfield (ed.)

Baker, James (2011) The Efflorescence of Caricature by Todd Porterfield (ed.). Review of: The Efflorescence of Caricature: 1759-1838 by Porterfield, T.. Reviews In History (1084). p. 1084. (Full text available)

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Abstract

'International, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary' (p. xv) is how Porterfield positions this ambitious collection which analyses caricature between 1759 and 1838. A product of a conference of the same name, the essays it contains fulfil this remit admirably whilst attempting to explain the rise of caricature. Moreover, as Porterfield writes in his introductory offering, these essays seek to loosen the study of caricature from the orthodoxies of satirical print scholarship, and one suspects from the canonical texts of the field familiar to scholars of the long 18th century. This is not to say that those canons are rejected, rather The Efflorescence of Caricature foregrounds the vibrancy and variety of current research in this area, not least by moving away from the anglocentric narratives of anglophonic scholarship and the assumptions they contain. Thus in this desire to ask new questions of this source material alone, the collection represents a far from insignificant success....

Item Type: Review
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: James Baker
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2011 11:11
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2012 07:58
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28380 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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