Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries

Performance and Spectatorship in Edwardian Art Writing

Authors: Hatchwell, Sophie

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  • Explores the intersection between art history, literature, aesthetics and performance theory
  • Argues that we need to expand the range of texts we think of as art writing, incorporating texts that are otherwise absent from art-historical study 
  • Contributes to a rethinking of Edwardian culture by focusing on the heterogeneity of modernism
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This book explores how Edwardian art writing shaped and narrated embodied, performative forms of aesthetic spectatorship. It argues that we need to expand the range of texts we think of as art writing, and features a diverse array of critical and fictional works, often including texts that are otherwise absent from art-historical study. Multi-disciplinary in scope, this book proposes a methodology for analyzing the aesthetic encounter within and through art writing, adapting and reworking a form of phenomenological-semiotic analysis found conventionally in performance studies. It focuses on moments where theories of spectatorship meet practice, moving between the varied spaces of Edwardian art viewing, from the critical text, to the lecture hall, the West End theatre and gallery, middle-class home, and fictional novel. It contributes to a rethinking of Edwardian culture by exploring the intriguing heterogeneity and self-consciousness of viewing practices in a period more commonly associated with the emergence of formalism.


About the authors

Sophie Hatchwell is Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is the author of Auctioning Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon: A Sales History 1990-2015 (2017) and Auctioning Stanley Spencer: A Sales History 1990-2015 (2017).

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“The premise of this book is an exciting one, activating art, art criticism, theater, and literature to argue for the distinct nature of Edwardian art criticism and art viewing.  Performance is key here, as the author shows that literary and theatrical tropes were employed to construct spectatorship as a social act.” (Morna O'Neill, Wake Forest University, USA) 
“This highly original book recasts how we think about art criticism and theory. Its attention to the performative rhetoric of art writing offers new and imaginative forms of interpretation that bring out the social and ideological dimensions of criticism. It will make an important contribution to our understanding of its subject, but its significance goes beyond its immediate theme of Edwardian England to suggest alternative ways of analysing art criticism more generally.” (Professor Matthew Rampley, Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performance and Spectatorship in Edwardian Art Writing
Authors
Series Title
Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17024-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17024-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17023-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 126
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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