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Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects'Photographic allegories of Victorian identity and empire$
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Jeff Rosen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993177

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993177.001.0001

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Jowett’s scriptures: the moral life and the state

Jowett’s scriptures: the moral life and the state

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Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects'
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Jeff Rosen

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993177.003.0003

Inspired by the work of Benjamin Jowett, Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford, friend of Tennyson, and frequent visitor to the Isle of Wight, Cameron created what she termed a novel “theological work” in photography. The Fruits of the Spirit was a work in nine parts that was ground-breaking because it embodied a new interpretive schema that followed Jowett’s radical approach to biblical criticism. First published in 1860, Jowett’s contribution to the volume Essays and Reviews advanced a “free-thinking” approach to biblical interpretation, while at the same time rejecting earlier interpretive approaches like typology. This chapter demonstrates that Cameron’s allegorical photographs of religious subjects interpret Christian religious symbols with a similar “free-thinking” approach, and argue against the dominant typological interpretation advanced earlier by Mike Weaver.

Keywords:   Benjamin Jowett, ‘Fruits of the Spirit’, ‘Essays and Reviews’, Typology, Biblical interpretation, Moral principles, Anna Jameson

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