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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'

Jeff Rosen

Manchester University Press

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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