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Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Cultures
 
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Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Cultures
 
 
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09 Dec 2009
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Through a close encounter with material objects and cultural experiences this book transforms the way we read the literary and the visual in the nineteenth century. The photograph, the illustrated magazine and the collection became centres of multisensorial perception through looking, reading, handling, sharing and writing. Attention to these embodied practices helps flesh out forms of perception and circulation which deferred and transformed desire and pleasure across media. Capturing the historically specific modes in which such objects were produced, encountered, and conceptualised, the essays in this collection argue against the separation of the senses and rethink the manner in which visuality touches the beholder both literally and metaphorically. Through early and late nineteenth-century episodes in the cultures of viewing, reading, and collecting this book makes new and sometimes surprising connections between Romanticism and the fin de siècle. Through its exploration of a material aesthetic this book offers fresh and original readings of works by William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde, among others.


Description

Through a close encounter with material objects and cultural experiences this book transforms the way we read the literary and the visual in the nineteenth century. The photograph, the illustrated magazine and the collection became centres of multisensorial perception through looking, reading, handling, sharing and writing. Attention to these embodied practices helps flesh out forms of perception and circulation which deferred and transformed desire and pleasure across media. Capturing the historically specific modes in which such objects were produced, encountered, and conceptualised, the essays in this collection argue against the separation of the senses and rethink the manner in which visuality touches the beholder both literally and metaphorically. Through early and late nineteenth-century episodes in the cultures of viewing, reading, and collecting this book makes new and sometimes surprising connections between Romanticism and the fin de siècle. Through its exploration of a material aesthetic this book offers fresh and original readings of works by William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde, among others.


Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Foreword; H.Fraser
Introduction: Nineteenth-Century Objects and Beholders; L.Calè& P. Di Bello
PART I: BLINDING VISIONS
Ekphrasis and Terror: Shelley, Medusa, and the Phantasmagoria; S.Thomas
Wordsworth's Glasses: the Materiality of Blindness in the Romantic Vision; H.Tilley
PART II: PHOTOGRAPHS AND THEIR PLEASURES
The Wont of Photography, or the Pleasure of Mimesis; L.Smith
Aesthetic Encounters: the Erotic Visions of John Addington Symonds and Wilhelm Von Gloeden; S.Evangelista
PART III: ILLUSTRATIONS AND LATENT IMAGES
'Latent Preparedness': Literary Association and Visual Reminiscence in Daisy Miller; G.Smith
A Modern Illustrated Magazine: The Yellow Book Poetics of Format; L.J.Kooistra
PART IV: PRECIOUS OBJECTS
Dandyism, Visuality and the 'Camp Gem': Collections of Jewels in Huysmans and Wilde; V.Mills
The Book Beautiful: Reading, Vision, and the Homosexual Imagination in Late Victorian Britain; M.Hatt
Bibliography
Index


Authors

LUISA CALÈ is lecturer in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. She is the author of Fuseli's Milton Gallery: 'Turning Readers into Spectators' (2006), and co-editor of Dante on View: The Reception of Dante in the Visual and Performing Arts (2008).

PATRIZIA DI BELLO is lecturer in History and Theory of Photography in the Department of History of Art and Screen Media at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. She is the author of Women's Albums and Photography in Victorian England (2007), and co-editor (with Gabriel Koureas) of Art, History and the Senses (2009).