Luisa Calè is a Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, the author of Fuseli's Milton Gallery: ‘Turning Readers into Spectators' (Oxford University Press, 2006), and the co-editor (with Antonella Braida) of Dante on View: Dante's Reception in the Visual and Performing Arts (Ashgate, 2007). Her work explores the intersections between the literary and the visual, the practices of reading and viewing, the cultures of print, exhibitions and visual entertainments in the Romantic Period.
Patrizia Di Bello lectures on the History and Theory of Photography in the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, University of London and has recently published Women's Albums and Photography in Victorian England: Ladies, Mothers and Flirts (Ashgate, 2008). She is currently working on aspects of the photography book; and on a monograph on sculpture, photography, and the touch of the artist.
We launch here a new section entitled Scraps on the Album, which we hope will continue to appear from time to time in future issues, offering occasional papers on individual albums as well as album collections. The Scraps bulletin will provide an informal forum in which to share snippets of information, shorter papers, and generally foster discussion around new research, collections and projects on albums. We are very pleased to launch Scraps with a very special contribution from Louis James, who introduces us to William Hone's Everyday Book.