Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature

by Alison Byerly, Byerly Alison
     
 

This book examines the representation of a variety of arts - primarily painting, theatre, and music - within the work of major nineteenth-century novelists. It charts a historical progression, from Romantic poetry, through mid-century Realism, to Aestheticism, showing how authors used references to other forms of art to illuminate their own aesthetic ideals. Examining… See more details below

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This book examines the representation of a variety of arts - primarily painting, theatre, and music - within the work of major nineteenth-century novelists. It charts a historical progression, from Romantic poetry, through mid-century Realism, to Aestheticism, showing how authors used references to other forms of art to illuminate their own aesthetic ideals. Examining the aesthetic theory and cultural practice of different arts, Alison Byerly demonstrates the importance of artistic representation to the development of Victorian Realism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521025348
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series, #12
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The picturesque aesthetic and the natural art of song14
2Masterpiece theatres: art as spectacle in William Thackeray and Charlotte Bronte50
3George Eliot's hierarchy of representation106
4Art works: Thomas Hardy and the labor of creation149
Coda: Aestheticism: the erasure of the real184
Notes196
Bibliography210
Index227

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