Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Victorian Photography, Painting and Poetry: The Enigma of Visibility in Ruskin, Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites Series Number 6

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Victorian Photography, Painting and Poetry: The Enigma of Visibility in Ruskin, Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites Series Number 6

The Enigma of Visibility in Ruskin, Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites

by Lindsay Smith

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/01/2008

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This book explores the intersections between Victorian literature, painting and photography. Taking as a starting point mid-nineteenth-century developments in the understanding of visual perception, Lindsay Smith examines the representation of a pervasive desire for a literal understanding of the process of seeing and perceiving. This is played out in the aesthetic theory of John Ruskin, the early poetry of William Morris, paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites, and in the photographic technique of combination printing. She demonstrates how the novel presence of the camera in nineteenth-century culture not only transforms acts of looking, but also affects major social, aesthetic and philosophical categories. By exploring the intricacies of photographic discourse she shows how Ruskin and Morris produce a critique of the earlier Cartesian perspectival model of vision.
ISBN:
9780521054683
9780521054683
Category:
History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
28-01-2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
264
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x15mm
Weight:
0.39kg

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