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Discourses of vision in nineteenth-century Britain : seeing, thinking, writing

Author: Jonathan Potter
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
Series: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers an innovative reassessment of the way Victorians thought and wrote about visual experience. It argues that new visual technologies gave expression to new ways of seeing, using these to uncover the visual discourses that facilitated, informed and shaped the way people conceptualised and articulated visual experience. In doing so, the book reconsiders literary and non-fiction works by well-known  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Potter
ISBN: 9783319897363 3319897365
OCLC Number: 1050784665
Description: x, 269 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; Chapter 1: Introduction; The Technological Imagination; Seeing, Thinking, Writing: Experiences, Ideas, Narratives; Chapter 2: The Panorama and Simultaneity: The Panoramic Desire to See Everything At Once; Simultaneity: Panoramas and Temporal Experience; Panorama As Text: Morley's Ghost Ship; Discursive Hybridity: Panoramic Writing and Sketches by Boz; Chapter 3: "Lost in Air": The Magic Lantern and Visual Experiences of Balloons and Dreams; Balloons; Dreams; Chapter 4: The Dissolving View and the Historical Imagination The Case of a Metaphor: The Dissolving View and the Two Sides of HistoryForms of the Present, Returns of the Past: The French Revolution and A Tale of Two Cities; Chapter 5: Visions of Thought: Mid-century Science and Visual Knowledge; The Train Without a Destination: Wayward and Teleological Imaginings; Intersections: The Lectures and Spectres of Scientific Rationalism; Bulwer-Lytton and the Epistemological Ghost Story; Chapter 6: "Hocus Focus": The Stereoscope and Photography; Seeing Double; Being Double; Organising Images: Similarity and Difference Past, Present, Imagined: Memory and Fantasy in the StereoscopeChapter 7: The Networked World: The Psychopathology of Simultaneity; Systems and Networks: Fragments, Divisions, Proliferations; Contagion and Degeneration: The Individual in the System; Inane Reveries, Trembling Eyeballs: Max Nordau and Network Disintegration; Chapter 8: The Web of Realities in H.G. Wells and Joseph Conrad: A Fractal Episteme; Systems of Knowledge and Loose Ideas; Reconstructing Experience in Lord Jim; Chapter 9: Conclusion. The Technological Imagination II: The Start of the Twentieth Century; Bibliography
Series Title: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
Responsibility: Jonathan Potter.

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