Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

Discourses of Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Seeing, Thinking, Writing

Authors: Potter, Jonathan

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  • Uncovers the interrelations of visual experience and Victorian print culture, working at the intersection of optical media technologies, literature, and cultural studies
  • Contains innovative, original readings of major canonical authors (Dickens, Eliot, Conrad, amongst others) alongside exciting new archival material drawn from the periodical press
  • Develops a critical method for approaching visual and literary relations as cultural discourses
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This book offers an innovative reassessment of the way Victorians thought and wrote about visual experience. It argues that new visual technologies gave expression to new ways of seeing, using these to uncover the visual discourses that facilitated, informed and shaped the way people conceptualised and articulated visual experience. In doing so, the book reconsiders literary and non-fiction works by well-known authors including George Eliot, Charles Dickens, G.H. Lewes, Max Nordau, Herbert Spencer, and Joseph Conrad, as well as shedding light on less-known works drawn from the periodical press. By revealing the discourses that formed around visual technologies, the book challenges and builds upon existing scholarship to provide a powerful new model by which to understand how the Victorians experienced, conceptualised, and wrote about vision.

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Jonathan Potter completed his PhD at the University of Leicester in 2015 and now lectures and tutors at Coventry University, UK. 

Reviews

“Potter’s book offers valuable insights through its extensive exploration of the relations between mind, perception, and the technological imagination.” (Patrick Armstrong, The British Society for Literature and Science, April 14, 2020)
“Victorian studies has sorely lacked a phenomenology of visual experience, and Potter’s biggest achievement is to have provided not just one, but several of these across the different chapters. … I recommend this book for all scholars of the nineteenth century, no matter what their discipline. … Discourses of Vision is destined to become an oft-cited text because it fills a gap in the phenomenology of visual experience, and because of Potter’s commendable and original attention to the particularities and nuances of Victorian visual technologies.” (Owen Clayton, Journal of Victorian Culture, Vol. 20 (1-3), February 28, 2020)
“In Discourses of Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Seeing, Thinking, Writing, Jonathan Potter's ambitious remit is how visual technologies shaped not only ways of seeing and thinking, but also the shape of literature itself. This is a smart, fully packed book … .” (SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Vol. 59 (4), 2019)
“The scope of this project is vast, and Potter’s ability to synthesise its diversity of ideas into a coherent and compelling narrative is impressive. His bibliography is extensive and will prove of equal value to historians of visual media and those of Victorian culture. Most significantly, the book’s discursive, pluralistic drive has prepared a fertile base from which similar-minded enquiries into the interactions between visual technology and thought can flourish – in studies of nineteenth-century Britain and beyond.” (Thomas Haynes, Early Popular Visual Culture, October 4, 2019)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Discourses of Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Book Subtitle
Seeing, Thinking, Writing
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89737-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89737-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89736-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07842-3
Series ISSN
2634-6494
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 269
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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