Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination

Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination

by Carol T. Christ
     
 

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Nineteenth-century British culture frequently represented the eye as the preeminent organ of truth. These essays explore the relationship between the verbal and the visual in the Victorian imagination. They range broadly over topics that include the relationship of optical devices to the visual imagination, the role of photography in changing the conception of…  See more details below

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Nineteenth-century British culture frequently represented the eye as the preeminent organ of truth. These essays explore the relationship between the verbal and the visual in the Victorian imagination. They range broadly over topics that include the relationship of optical devices to the visual imagination, the role of photography in changing the conception of evidence and truth, the changing partnership between illustrator and novelist, and the ways in which literary texts represent the visual. Together they begin to construct a history of seeing in the Victorian period.

Author Biography: Carol T. Christ is Professor of English and The Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Finer Optic (1975) and Victorian and Modern Poetics (1986) and coeditor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. John O. Jordan is Director of the Dickens Project and Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the coeditor of Literature inthe Marketplace (1995).

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Explores the relationship between the verbal and the visual in the Victorian imagination, discussing topics such as optical devices; the role of photography in changing the conception of evidence and truth; the changing partnership between illustrator and novelist; and the ways in which literary texts represent the visual. Includes b&w illustrations. For students of 19th-century British culture and literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780520200227
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/03/1995
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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Carol T. Christ is Professor of English and The Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Finer Optic (1975) and Victorian and Modern Poetics (1986) and coeditor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. John O. Jordan is Director of the Dickens Project and Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the coeditor of Literature in the Marketplace (1995).

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