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The visual and verbal sketch in British romanticism

Author: Richard C Sha
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1998.
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With their broken lines and hasty brushwork, sketches acquired enormous ideological and aesthetic power during the Romantic period in England. Whether publicly displayed or serving as the basis of a written genre, these rough drawings played a central role in the cultural ferment of the age by persuading audiences that less is more. The Visual and Verbal Sketch in British Romanticism investigates the varied  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Sha, Richard C.
Visual and verbal sketch in British romanticism.
Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)605208344
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard C Sha
ISBN: 0812234200 9780812234206
OCLC Number: 37238893
Description: x, 277 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Visual Sketch in Britain --
2. "Keeping Them Out of Harm's Why": Sketching, Female Accomplishments, and the Shaping of Gender in Britain --
3. Perverting Female Propriety: Women's Verbal Sketches as Proper Display of Perversion --
4. Sketching, Courtship, and Women's Novels --
5. Resisting Monumentality: Wordsworth, Byron, and the Poetic Sketch --
Appendix. Select Verbal and Visual Sketches Published in the United Kingdom, 1758-1850.
Responsibility: Richard C. Sha.

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With their broken lines and hasty brushwork, sketches acquired enormous ideological and aesthetic power during the Romantic period in England. Whether publicly displayed or serving as the basis of a written genre, these rough drawings played a central role in the cultural ferment of the age by persuading audiences that less is more. The Visual and Verbal Sketch in British Romanticism investigates the varied implications of sketching in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century culture. Calling on a wide range of literary and visual genres, Richard C. Sha examines the shifting economic and aesthetic value of the sketch in sources ranging from auction catalogs and sketching manuals to novels that employed scenes of sketching and courtship. He especially shows how sketching became a double-edged accomplishment for women when used to define "proper" femininity.

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