Bruce 2005

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Bruce, Yvonne, ed. Images of Matter: Essays on British Literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Newark: University of Delaware, 2005.

Rob Browning, “‘To serve my purpose’: Interpretive Agency in George Wither’s A Collection of Emblemes.” (47-71)

Interested in “discordant moments” in Wither

“the majority of emblem book collaborations, however, are more accurately described as, simply, invisible. WE see that the books are comprised of both images and verses, and we learn a good deal about the poet (from title pages, commendatory verses, prefaces to the readers, and portraits), but rarely do the books give us any reason to think about the engravers.” (48)

by contract, “Wither breaks with convention and pulls the image-maker of his book into view, in most instances only to deride him” (49)