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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Pre-Raphaelitism:

The aesthetics of the brotherhood founded in 1848 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in reaction against the conventionality and academicism of contemporary painting. The Pre-Raphaelites advocated a return to the simplicity and piety of Italian painting before Raphael (1483-1520). These ideals were appropriated by a group of literary artists -- Rossetti, his sister Christina, Algernon Charles Swinburne, William Morris, and others -- whose sensuous exactitude resulted in their being designated the "Fleshly School" of poetry. As well as exhibiting this attentiveness to exact detail, their productions incorporate aspects of medievalism and supernaturalism.


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