Sandro Jung

junior fellow
EURIAS cohort 2015/2016
discipline Literature
Professor of Early Modern British Literature, Ghent University, Department of Literary Studies (English Studies)

Research project

A Print-Cultural History of Eighteenth-Century Scottish Literature


The 10-month EURIAS fellowship at the University of Edinburgh IASH will facilitate research for the first ever comprehensive history of eighteenth-century Scottish book illustration and the ways in which Scottish book illustrations served as important interpretive paratexts illuminating the ideological meanings of the literature they visualised. These illustrations often served as concrete renderings of ideologically motivated, patriotic readings of literary texts and their being recruited for a cultural vision of Scottish cultural literacy and identity. (i) The aim of the fellowship project is to compile the largest descriptive and analytical bibliography of Scottish literary book illustrations produced in the eighteenth century (and, in the case of Robert Burns, James Thomson, and other authors whose works were illustrated extensively, beyond 1800) to date. (ii) Focusing on the reconstruction of a Scottish marketplace for illustrated books, I shall investigate those branches of the book trade that made possible, especially from the 1780s, the production of ambitiously conceived illustrated editions. My narrative will be underpinned by detailed examinations of relevant agents of print producing book illustrations, especially the artists and engravers, who have to date been neglected by standard works on Scottish book history. (iii). I shall examine illustrations as products of designers’/artists’ imaginative-political interpretation of specific texts and how these texts were appropriated to changing patterns of consumption and reading practices. Rather than exclusively focus on the mediating capacity of illustrations to communicate complex interpretive messages, I shall also investigate in which ways publishers commissioning illustrations in their editions of literary texts conceived of the function of illustrations in marketing, aesthetic, and patriotic terms. I shall relate illustrative work in the form of the copper-engraved book illustration to the paintings that artists working as illustrators frequently produced and examine how a Scottish visual and material culture developed in the eighteenth century which contributed to the formation of a Scottish canon of belles lettres. In addition to three substantial, high-impact articles and the standard bibliography of Scottish book illustration in the period investigated, the research for this project will form the basis of a monograph on eighteenth-century Scottish book illustration and the history of the Scottish illustrated book, which  has been commissioned for publication in the Lehigh University Press series on ‘Studies in Text and Print Culture’.



Sandro Jung is Professor of Early Modern British Literature at the Department of Literary Studies of Ghent University. He holds a Ph.D in English Literature from the University of Wales Lampeter. He has been visiting research fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, the Klassik-Stiftung Weimar, the Princeton University Library, the Chawton House Library, the Indiana University Bloomington, and Harvard University. He has published widely in learned journals such as, among many others, Etudes Anglaises, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Eighteenth-Century Life, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Gothic Studies, MLR, PQ, and SP.

Selected publications


Thomson's The Seasons, Print Culture, and Visual Interpretation, 1730–1842, Lehigh University Press, Betlehem, 2015.


'Thomson, Macpherson, Ramsay, and the Making and Marketing of Illustrated Scottish Literary Editions in the 1790s’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 109, no. 1, 2015, pp. 5-61.


'Currer Bell, Charlotte Brontë, and the Literary and Printed Portrait', Brontë Studies, vol. 39, no. 4, 2014, pp. 292-306.


'William Shenstone's Poetry, The Leasowes, and the Intermediality of Reading and

Architectural Design', Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 37, no. 1, 2014, pp. 53-77.


'Illustrated Pocket Diaries and the Commodification of Culture', Eighteenth-Century Life, vol. 37, no. 3, 2013, pp. 53-84.


'Print Culture, High-Cultural Consumption, and Thomson's The Seasons, 1780-1797', Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 44, no. 4, 2011, pp. 495-514.


The Fragmentary Poetic: Eighteenth-Century Uses of an Experimental Mode, Lehigh University Press, Bethlehem, 2009.


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EURIAS promotion 2018/2019
The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)
discipline Philosophy
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EURIAS promotion 2017/2018
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