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

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

by Alison Byerly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521581168

ISBN-13: 9780521581165

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines the representation of a variety of arts—primarily painting, theater, 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.

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This book examines the representation of a variety of arts—primarily painting, theater, 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:
9780521581165
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series, #12
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The picturesque aesthetic and the natural art of song; 2. Masterpiece theatres: art as spectacle in William Thackeray and Charlotte Brontë; 3. George Eliot's hierarchy of representation; 4. Art works: Thomas Hardy and the labor of creation; Coda: aestheticism: the erasure of the real; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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