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February 5, 2007

EL312: Pre-Raphaelite (no, not the Ninja Turtle)

Since Dr. Jerz used the word "pre-Raphaelite" in class last week and openly admitted that he didn't know much about it, I thought I'd attack this word with the help of The Bedford.

Pre-Raphaeliteism is a literary movement in the Victorian period. The most significant part of this group is that they shared the same values of aesthetics with Pre-Raphaelite painters (Rossetti, Millais, Madox Brown, Hunt, etc.)

Pre-Raphaelites "preferred originality, simplicity, freshness, sharp lines, and strong colors of the artists who painted before Raphael to the often idealized images and chiaroscuro coloration characteristic of both the High Renaissance and those English painters whose work grew out of that tradition" (369).

The literature from this movement has been noted for its "crisp descriptions and sensuous details". It also has been said to "suggest metaphysical states, to indicate philosophical and theological truths unobtrusively" (369).

Pre-Raphaelite writers include Christina Rossetti--sister of the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti--, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and William Morris.

Murfin and Ray, Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by KarissaKilgore at February 5, 2007 9:43 AM


Thanks, Karissa. That was helpful. Now if I want an example of something obscure that is beyond my scope of knowledge, I'll have to reach even further!

That's what education is all about.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz Author Profile Page at February 6, 2007 7:40 AM

Try looking at modernism, abstractionism, and automatism in the 20th century art world. We're looking at some of that right now in my art history class and, well, sometimes it's a little bit of a reach to understand...

I can give you examples for many kinds of art that corresponds with literature... it's becoming one of my favorite things to have on-tap! Oh liberal arts... :)

Posted by: Karissa at February 7, 2007 12:08 AM

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