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Rudolphe Töpffer’s Graphic Novels:
A Rhetorical Study of Hegel’s
Aesthetics of Physiognomy
A Slideshow Curated by Sergio C...
Hegel on Physiognomy
“As for the more precise connection between spirit and body in
respect of particular feelings, passio...
Hegel on Physiognomy
“About physiognomy I will only mention here that if the work of
sculpture, which has the human figure...
Hegel on Physiognomy
“[…] We are instigated to such a study by classical sculptures to
which we must allow that in fact th...
“Essai d’Autographie”
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“Essai d’Autographie”
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“Essai d’Autographie”
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“Essai d’Autographie”
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“Essai d’Autographie”
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Rudolph Töpffer’s Graphic Novels: A Rhetorical Study of Hegel’s Aesthetics of Physiognomy

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A slideshow curated for the 18 - 22 Jan. 2016 issue of "In Media Res: A Media Commons Project" on Rudolphe Töpffer's rhetorically-informed invention of graphic novels.

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Rudolph Töpffer’s Graphic Novels: A Rhetorical Study of Hegel’s Aesthetics of Physiognomy

  1. 1. Rudolphe Töpffer’s Graphic Novels: A Rhetorical Study of Hegel’s Aesthetics of Physiognomy A Slideshow Curated by Sergio C. Figueiredo, Assistant Professor of English, Kennesaw SU for In Media Res: A Media Commons Project 18 - 22 January 2016
  2. 2. Hegel on Physiognomy “As for the more precise connection between spirit and body in respect of particular feelings, passions, and states of mind, it is very difficult to reduce it to fixed categories. Attempts have indeed been made in pathognomy and physiognomy to present this connection scientifically, but so far without real success. Physiognomy alone can be of any importance to us because pathognomy is concerned only with the way that specific feelings and passions come alive in certain organs.” (Aesthetics 715)
  3. 3. Hegel on Physiognomy “About physiognomy I will only mention here that if the work of sculpture, which has the human figure as its basis, is to show the body, in its bodily forms, presents not only the divine and human substance of the spirit in a merely general way but also the particular character of a specific individual in this portrayal of the Divine, we would also have to embark on an exhaustive discussion of what parts, traits, and configurations of the body are completely adequate to express a specific inner mood. […]”
  4. 4. Hegel on Physiognomy “[…] We are instigated to such a study by classical sculptures to which we must allow that in fact they do express the Divine and the characters of particular gods. To admit this is not to maintain that the correspondence between the expression of spirit and the visible form is only a matter of accident and caprice and not something absolutely necessary. In this matter each organ must in general be considered from two points of view, the purely physical one and that of spiritual expression. It is true that in this connection we may not proceed after the manner of Gall who makes the spirit into a bump on the skull.” (Aesthetics 716)
  5. 5. “Essai d’Autographie” Page 7
  6. 6. “Essai d’Autographie” Page 9
  7. 7. “Essai d’Autographie” Page 15
  8. 8. “Essai d’Autographie” Page 17
  9. 9. “Essai d’Autographie” Page 19
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