Artistic Relations: Literature and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century France

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In this innovative volume, eighteen leading literary critics and art historians explore the relationship between literature and the visual arts in nineteenth-century France. Analysing contemporary forms of representation from a range of perspectives, they reveal the rich variety of factors that link image and text. Nineteenth-century France offers a particularly fertile range of connexions between verbal and visual practice. From imaginative writers engaging in art-criticism to transpositions d'art between paintings and texts, there is a diversity of intersection which goes well beyond mere affinity or analogy. The volume also clearly acknowledges the importance of setting the relationship between writers and painters against the social fabric of the period: from the economic and institutional structures of artistic production in which they worked, to the wider pictorial culture - including photography and printing - of the century. The book owes its origins to the rapid growth of interest in the inter-disciplinary field of cultural studies, and seeks to provide an authoritative but accessible text for students and teachers. It is organised into thematic sub-sections within which different kinds of problems are examined and challenging methodological examples presented. While contributions have been specially commissioned to provide an overview of the field, the stimulating individual views of their authors make them comprehensible and attractive to non-specialists. The book will take its place as the first major work of synthesis on nineteenth-century French literature and art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300060096
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction: Representations 1
1 Structures of cultural production in nineteenth-century France 15
2 The line between literary and artistic struggles 30
3 'A tout prix devenir quelqu'un': the women of the Academie Julian 40
4 Writing the arts: aesthetics, art criticism and literary practice 61
5 The problem with colour. Three theorists: Goethe, Schopenhauer, Chevreul 76
6 Book illustration 94
7 'Telle main veut tel pied': Balzac, Ingres and the art of portraiture 111
8 The model's unwashed feet: French photography in the 1850s 130
9 Manet's textual frames 144
10 Newspaper and myth: migrations of the Romantic image 161
11 Transpositions 178
12 Stendhal's art history and the making of a novelist 192
13 Victor Hugo, sommambulist of the sea 209
14 Avatars of the artist: narrative approaches to the work of the painter 222
15 The writing on the wall: descriptions of painting in the art criticism of the French Symbolists 239
16 Rimbaud: the shaping of a vision 253
17 Sex and the occult in Symbolist art and literature 264
18 Valery and Rodin: Orpheus returning 278
19 Dancing with Mallarme and Seurat (and Loie Fuller, Herodiade and La Goulue) 291
Notes 303
Notes on contributors 338
Index 341
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