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Vision and Character : Physiognomics and the English Realist Novel.

Author: Eike Kronshage
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"As readers, we develop an impression of characters and their settings in a novel based on the author's description of their physical characteristics and surroundings. This process, known as physiognomy, can be seen throughout history including in the English Realist novels of the 19th and 20th centuries. Vision and Character: Physiognomics and the English Realist Novel offers a study into the physiognomics and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eike Kronshage
ISBN: 9781351232036 1351232037
OCLC Number: 1004969981
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Physiognomics and Realism; Realism; Physiognomics; Corpus and Outlook; 1 â#x80;#x9C;The Amorous Effects of â#x80;#x98;Brassâ#x80;#x99;â#x80;#x9D;: Jane Austen; Jane Austen and Realism; Physiognomics in Jane Austenâ#x80;#x99;s Emma; Facial Indeterminacy and Physiognomic Gaps; Amiable Young Men, Pretty Young Women, and Harriet Smith; Harrietâ#x80;#x99;s Portrait and the Realist Framework; Other Discourses and Characterization; Dress (and Class); Manners, Dissimulation (and Class); Money (and Class); Conclusion. 2 â#x80;#x9C;By the Sweat of Oneâ#x80;#x99;s Browâ#x80;#x9D;: Charlotte Brontëâ#x80;#x99;s Physiognomic RealismFrom Jane Austen to Charlotte Brontë; Tame Gardens and Wild Nature; Vivid Vision; Physiognomics, Phrenology, and Literary Realism; The Central Role of Physiognomics for Brontë; Charlotte Brontëâ#x80;#x99;s Visit to a Phrenologist; Realism in Brontëâ#x80;#x99;s Fiction; The Professor; Readability and Book Metaphors; Visor Down; Physiognomic Power and Its Distribution; Self-Help and Physiognomics; Villette; Observation as Physiognomic Power; Physiognomics vs. Pathognomyâ#x80;#x94;A Labassecourian â#x80;#x9C;Physiognomic Controversyâ#x80;#x9D;? First-Person Narration and PhysiognomicsNational Physiognomies; Conclusion; 3 George Eliot: Epistemological Skepticism, Character Incoherence, and the Incipient Disintegration of Literary Physiognomics; Realism and Silly Novels; Three Kinds of Beauty: Physiognomics in Adam Bede; Kalokagathia: Perfect Beauty Inside and Out; â#x80;#x9C;The Dear Deceit of Beauty, â#x80;#x9D; or Deficient Beauty; The Beauty That Is None, or â#x80;#x9C;That Other Beautyâ#x80;#x9D;; â#x80;#x9C;The Iridescence of Character:â#x80;#x9D; Daniel Deronda; Three Women, a Swarm of Insects, and the Problem of Correct Physiognomic Interpretation. Gwendolen Harleth: Animals and ArtworksMirah Lapidoth: Unity in Search of Union; Leonora von Halm-Eberstein: Myriad Lives in One; Gender and Physiognomy; Conclusion; 4 Who Murdered Edwin Drood? Charles Dickens and Physiognomics; Is John Jasper a â#x80;#x9C;Delinquente Natoâ#x80;#x9D;?; Dickens and Physiognomics; Dickensâ#x80;#x99;s Ambivalent Stance toward Physiognomics and Realism; Anti-Physiognomics, Anti-Realism; The Rokesmith Portrait: Destroying Physiognomic Evidence; Conclusion, or: Why We Failed to Solve Edwin Droodâ#x80;#x99;s Murder with Physiognomics; 5 Ironizing Physiognomics: Joseph Conrad. Toward Modernism, Toward Physiognomic OpacityAlmayerâ#x80;#x99;s Folly: On the Perils of Not Seeing; Subversion of the Tradition of the Imperial Romance Novel; Hybrid Physiognomies, Hybrid Legibility; Where There Is No Physiognomist, There Is No Physiognomics; Gazing Scientifically: Saint Lombroso in The Secret Agent; Affirmation, Ambiguity, Dismissal; Ironizing Lombroso; From Lombrosian Physiognomics to Eugenics; Conclusion; 6 Virginia Woolf on the Social, Epistemic, and Aesthetic Function of Physiognomics in the Modernist Novel; Modernist Vision: Art and Life; Changing Vision.
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

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"As readers, we develop an impression of characters and their settings in a novel based on the author's description of their physical characteristics and surroundings. This process, known as physiognomy, can be seen throughout history including in the English Realist novels of the 19th and 20th centuries. Vision and Character: Physiognomics and the English Realist Novel offers a study into the physiognomics and aesthetics as presented by some of the best known authors in this genre, like Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. In this highly original approach to the issues of representation, visuality and aesthetics in the nineteenth-century realist novel, and even the question of literary interpretation, Eike Kronshage argues that physiognomics has enabled writers to access their characters' inner lives without interfering in an authoritative way."--Provided by publisher.

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