American Iconology: New Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature

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This overview of the "sister arts" of the nineteenth century by younger scholars in art history, literature, and American studies presents a startling array of perspectives on the fundamental role played by images in culture and society. Drawing on the latest thinking about vision and visuality as well as on recent developments in literary theory and cultural studies, the contributors situate paintings, sculpture, monument art, and literary images within a variety of cultural contexts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300065145
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.07 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Peale's Mammoth 18
2 The Boston Elite's Resistance to Washington Allston's Elijah in the Desert 39
3 On the Cultural Construction of Landscape Experience: Contact to 1830 58
4 Making a Picture of the View from Mount Holyoke 80
5 The Protected Witness: Cole, Cooper, and the Tourist's View of the Italian Landscape 92
6 The Mechanisms of the Market and the Invention of Western Regionalism: The Example of George Caleb Bingham 112
7 Lilly Martin Spencer's Domestic Genre Painting in Antebellum America 135
8 Words, Monuments, Beholders: The Visual Arts in Hawthorne's The Marble Faun 163
9 The Iconology of Wrecked or Stranded Boats in Mid to Late Nineteenth-Century American Culture 186
10 The Price of Beauty: Art, Commerce, and the Late Nineteenth-Century American Studio Interior 209
11 Mary Cassatt and the Maternal Body 239
12 A Pragmatic Mode of Seeing: James, Howells, and the Politics of Vision 259
Afterword 276
Notes 297
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