New Palgrave Title on 19th-Century Visual Culture

To be released on December 11, 2010, a new book from Palgrave:

Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Cultures

Palgrave Macmillan

Through a close encounter with material objects and cultural experiences this book transforms the way we read the literary and the visual in the nineteenth century. The photograph, the illustrated magazine and the collection became centres of multisensorial perception through looking, reading, handling, sharing and writing. Attention to these embodied practices helps flesh out forms of perception and circulation which deferred and transformed desire and pleasure across media. Capturing the historically specific modes in which such objects were produced, encountered, and conceptualised, the essays in this collection argue against the separation of the senses and rethink the manner in which visuality touches the beholder both literally and metaphorically. Through early and late nineteenth-century episodes in the cultures of viewing, reading, and collecting this book makes new and sometimes surprising connections between Romanticism and the fin de siècle. Through its exploration of a material aesthetic this book offers fresh and original readings of works by William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde, among others.

Foreword; H.Fraser
Introduction: Nineteenth-Century Objects and Beholders; L.Calè & P. Di Bello

PART I: BLINDING VISIONS
Ekphrasis and Terror: Shelley, Medusa, and the Phantasmagoria; S.Thomas
Wordsworth’s Glasses: the Materiality of Blindness in the Romantic Vision; H.Tilley

PART II: PHOTOGRAPHS AND THEIR PLEASURES
The Wont of Photography, or the Pleasure of Mimesis; L.Smith
Aesthetic Encounters: the Erotic Visions of John Addington Symonds and Wilhelm Von Gloeden; S.Evangelista

PART III: ILLUSTRATIONS AND LATENT IMAGES
‘Latent Preparedness’: Literary Association and Visual Reminiscence in Daisy Miller; G.Smith
A Modern Illustrated Magazine: The Yellow Book Poetics of Format; L.J.Kooistra

PART IV: PRECIOUS OBJECTS
Dandyism, Visuality and the ‘Camp Gem’: Collections of Jewels in Huysmans and Wilde; V.Mills
The Book Beautiful: Reading, Vision, and the Homosexual Imagination in Late Victorian Britain; M.Hatt

Bibliography
Index

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