Literature and Panoramic Structure.

January 8, 2024
International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media

A new article by Lee Fontanella has just been published, in a leading academic journal in the field of stereo and immersive media,  International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media: Literature and Panoramic Structure.

American writer John Greenleaf Whittier composed his ambitious poem “The Panorama” in late 1855, not long before the Civil War of the States (1861-1865). Literarily, it was meant to dissuade the North and new western territories from following the example of the southern Democrats, and to abolish black slavery. For us today, interest rests also in the way this poem was structured. Whittier must have witnessed a “moving-Panorama” spectacle in his native New England and determined that he would apply that same mechanism for revelation, as structural basis for his lengthy, sententious poem. The political message of his work has earned notable attention, but its reliance on a mid-nineteenth-century popular spectacle had been mentioned just in passing. My aim is to demonstrate intricately how that popular spectacle was applied in this poem.