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The Victorian Artist: Artists' Lifewritings in Britain, c.1870-1910
     

The Victorian Artist: Artists' Lifewritings in Britain, c.1870-1910

by Julie F. Codell
 

ISBN-10: 0521817579

ISBN-13: 9780521817578

Pub. Date: 07/01/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study examines the origins, development and explosion of biographical literature on artists in Britain between 1870 and 1910. It analyzes a variety of narrative modes, including gossip, anecdotes, and serialization, as well as the differences among genres (autobiographies, family biographies, biographical histories and dictionaries.) Julie Codell discerns the

Overview

This study examines the origins, development and explosion of biographical literature on artists in Britain between 1870 and 1910. It analyzes a variety of narrative modes, including gossip, anecdotes, and serialization, as well as the differences among genres (autobiographies, family biographies, biographical histories and dictionaries.) Julie Codell discerns the multiple, often conflicting identities that were ascribed to artists collectively, and as individuals. Her book serves as a timely sociological and cultural overview of the art world in Britain in the decades before World War I.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521817578
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the artists as text; 1. Biographical functions, mediations and exchanges; 2. The Victorian typology of artists: from prelapsarian to professional; 3. Artists' autobiographies: Cellini, Res Gestae, jouissance, and the collective life; 4. Family biographies: domestic authority, social order, and the artist's body; 5. Biography as history: anecdotage, serialization, and national identity; Conclusion: gifting art: from Bohemians to benefactors.

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