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Victorian glassworlds : glass culture and the imagination 1830-1880

Author: Isobel Armstrong
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Isobel Armstrong's book tells the stories that spring from the mass-production of glass in 19th-century England. Moving across technology, industry, local history, architecture, literature, print culture, the visual arts, optics, and philosophy, it will transform our understanding of the Victorian period.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Isobel Armstrong
ISBN: 9780199205202 0199205205
OCLC Number: 183915512
Awards: Winner of Winner of the MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize 2009 Shortlisted for The British Society for Literature and Science Book Prize 2009.
Description: xix, 449 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction. The Poetics of Transparency --
Part I. Facets of glass culture: making and breaking glass --
1. Factory Tourism: Morphology of the 'Visit to a Glass Factory' --
2. Robert Lucas Chance, Modern Glass Manufacturer: Fractures in the Glass Factory --
3. Riot and the Grammar of Window-Breaking: The Chances, Wellington, Chartism --
4. The Glassmakers' Eloquence: A Trade Union Journal, the Royal Commission, 1868 --
Part II. Perspectives of the glass panel: windows, mirrors, walls --
5. Reflections, Translucency, Aura, and Trace --
6. Glassing London: Building Glass Culture, Real and Imagined --
7. Politics of the Conservatory: Glasshouses, Republican and Populist --
8. Mythmaking: Cinderella and her Glass Slipper at the Crystal Palace --
9. Glass under Glass: Glassworld Fictions --
Part III. Lens-made images: optical toys and philosophical instruments --
10. The Lens, Light, and the Virtual World --
11. Dissolving and Resolving Views: From Magic Lantern to Telescope --
12. Microscopic Space --
13. Crystalphiles, Anamorphobics, and Stereoscopic Volume --
14. Coda on Time: Fixing the Moving Image and Mobilizing the Fixed Image-Memory, Repetition, and Working Through --
Conclusion: The End of Glass Culture-from Nineteenth-Century Modernity to Modernism.
Responsibility: Isobel Armstrong.
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