Victorian photography, painting and poetry: the enigma of visibility in Ruskin, Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites

Smith, Lindsay (2008) Victorian photography, painting and poetry: the enigma of visibility in Ruskin, Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites. Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521054683

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Lindsay Smith
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:21
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2012 14:59
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20238
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