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Visuality's Romantic Geneaologies

This volume is dedicated to both excavating the Romantic genealogies of visuality and charting directions for the ways in which the study of Romantic visual culture may redraw the geographic, temporal, and disciplinary bounds of Romanticism, bringing diverse, and in some instances new, objects and their ethical, political, and aesthetic stakes into view. The essays investigate three broad inquiries: 1) technologies of vision and objectivity’s slippages; 2) the indigenous or transplanted fruits of visuality’s New World Genealogies and 3) the role of proto-photography, panopticism, and slavery in the spectral formation of Romantic visuality. Emphasizing the ways we interpret visuality in romantic culture, the volume invites reconsideration of media, practices, and discourses that would seem to belong to earlier and later periods—from the artifacts and modes of viewing attached to curiosity and to technologies and ways of imaging and imagining that have become aligned with photography and the digital.

“Visuality’s Romantic Genealogies,” special issue co-edited with Theresa Kelley, Praxis: the online journal of Romantic Studies (December 2014),

This volume of Romantic Circles Praxis Series includes an editor's introduction by Theresa M. Kelley and Jill H. Casid, with essays by Sophie ThomasMarcus WoodMatthew Francis RareyKay Dian Kriz, and Lucy Kamiko Hawkinson Traverse.

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 This introduction assesses the impact of visuality on Romantic literature and culture and its genealogies in the ongoing modern recognition of visuality as a cultural enterprise. The Romantic genealogies on display in this introduction include: visual representations of slavery, visual representations of slavery in Brazil, J. M. W. Turner’s painting The Slave Ship (Or Slavers Throwing Dying Slaves Overboard), Romantic panoramas as history painting, camera lucida, the solitary wandering artist and vagrancy in Romantic print culture, and Romantic technologies of perception, display, and exposure.

Theresa M. Kelley and Jill H. Casid, "Introduction: Visuality's Romantic Geneaologies,"