Invented during a period of anxiety about the ability of human memory to cope with the demands of expanding knowledge, photography not only changed the way the Victorians saw the world, but also provided them with a new sense of connection with the past and a developing language with which to describe it. Analysing a broad range of texts by inventors, cultural critics, photographers, and novelists, Victorian Photography, Literature, and the Invention of Modern Memory: Already the Past argues that Victorian photography ultimately defined the concept of memory for generations to come –including our own.
In addition to being invaluable for scholars working within the emerging field of research at the intersection of photographic and literary studies, this book will also be of interest to students of Victorian and modernist literature, visual culture and intellectual history.
About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Introduction: 'Stars from an empty sky'
Part One: The Photograph in Time
1: Photography in the Age of Oblivion
2: 'Already the Past': The Backward Glance of Victorian Photography
3: Having Been: Photography and the Texture of Time
Part Two: The Photograph as Time
4: Literary Memory and Victorian Stylistics
5: Modernism's Photographic Past
6: At Home in the Nineteenth Century