Elizabeth A. Fay


On her book Fashioning Faces:The Portraitive Mode in British Romanticism

Cover Interview of September 12, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Think about how we portray ourselves.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Twentieth-century American popular culture figures like Andy Warhol, the Rolling Stones, and Madonna have their analogues in figures like Richard Cosway, Beau Brummel, Lord Byron, and Mary Robinson.”

On the second:

“But how did this modern identity-play come about? And why are we both so facile at it today and so uncomfortable when public figures like politicians employ it?”