Faculty Book: Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy and Sally O’Driscoll, eds.

Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print
(Bucknell University Press, 2013)

Studies in EphemeraThis book brings together the voices of both well-established and emerging scholars of early modern print culture to offer new, interdisciplinary approaches to ephemeral works. These include chapbooks, pamphlets, cheap decorative prints, and broadside ballads. Such works were central to the visual and literary cultures of early modern England and North America, but their infrequent survival has hindered recognition of their importance. These essays show that ephemeral print calls not only for analysis, but for new modes of interpretation that attend to the complex ways in which these works—often characterized as “simple” or even “crude”—in fact communicated through a sophisticated interchange between the textual and visual. Moreover, these works were topical and addressed the foremost political, social, and cultural issues of their day. Kevin Murphy serves on the doctoral faculty in art history.

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Submitted on: FEB 6, 2013

Category: Art History, Faculty Books