Join us for the first of RSVP's Pick-a-Periodical series, an informal online event in which a scholar selects an issue (or range) of a newspaper or periodical that attendees browse prior to the session (time permitting!) where we will be guided by the lead’s expertise and attendees' observations in collaborative discussion and learning.
Volume 5 (April 1895) of The Yellow Book offers a unique opportunity to read a single issue of a magazine in relation to its editorial processes and title’s overall brand in the context of an international media event and its fallout. The April 1895 arrest of Oscar Wilde, who was carrying a yellow-bound book (mistakenly identified by the press as the “Yellow Book,” but actually a French novel), resulted in the firing of Aubrey Beardsley as art editor of the magazine, and the removal of his illustrations from the volume before it went to print. Since then, scholarship has typically examined The Yellow Book along the fault line of before and after Beardsley. The actual contents of the watershed Volume 5—its selections, deletions, substitutions, sequences, and adjacencies—have received only minimal attention. I will open discussion, which I hope will be wide-ranging, by drawing attention to a single artwork, Constantin Guys’ “A Sketch.” We’ll next turn to colleagues’ observations, comments, thoughts, and questions about the volume, its contents, contiguities, images, etc. Vol 5 can be accessed here: https://1890s.ca/yellow-book-volumes/
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