Joseph Monteyne, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History of Art, University of British Columbia
The talk examines a number of graphic satires produced in London during the second half of the 18th century depicting spectators gathered at the city’s print shop windows. A common theme of this genre is the realization by spectators that they see their own images in the array of prints displayed in the glass, and this causes them to react with pleasure, shame or anger. The satires are ambiguous as to whether the beholder is captured by a caricaturist’s gaze or they have in fact fashioned themselves after an image in the window. The print shop windows are therefore viewed as an early form of screen in the sense articulated by Kaja Silverman, as a cultural repertoire of representations through which identity is formed or resisted. This event is co-sponsored by the Comini Lecture Series, the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute Fellows Seminar Program and the Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship.
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