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Vision and character : physiognomics and the English realist novel

Author: Eike Kronshage
Publisher: New York : Routledge, [2018] ©2018
Series: Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature, 33.
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"As readifers, 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: 9781351232012 1351232010
OCLC Number: 1012342572
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Realism --
Physiognomies --
Corpus and Outlook --
1."The Amorous Effects of `Brass'": Jane Austen --
Jane Austen and Realism --
Physiognomies in Jane Austen's Emma --
Facial Indeterminacy and Physiognomic Gaps --
Amiable Young Men, Pretty Young Women, and Harriet Smith --
Harriet's Portrait and the Realist Framework --
Other Discourses and Characterization --
Dress (and Class) --
Manners, Dissimulation (and Class) --
Money (and Class) --
Conclusion --
2."By the Sweat of One's Brow": Charlotte Bronte's Physiognomic Realism --
From Jane Austen to Charlotte Bronte --
Tame Gardens and Wild Nature --
Vivid Vision --
Physiognomies, Phrenology, and Literary Realism --
The Central Role of Physiognomies for Bronte --
Charlotte Bronte's Visit to a Phrenologist --
Realism in Bronte's Fiction --
The Professor --
Readability and Book Metaphors --
Visor Down --
Physiognomic Power and Its Distribution --
Self-Help and Physiognomies --
Villette Note continued: Observation as Physiognomic Power --
Physiognomies vs. Pathognomy --
A Labassecourian "Physiognomic Controversy"? --
First-Person Narration and Physiognomies --
National Physiognomies --
Conclusion --
3.George Eliot: Epistemological Skepticism, Character Incoherence, and the Incipient Disintegration of Literary Physiognomies --
Realism and Silly Novels --
Three Kinds of Beauty: Physiognomies in Adam Bede --
Kalokagathia: Perfect Beauty Inside and Out --
"The Dear Deceit of Beauty," or Deficient Beauty --
The Beauty That Is None, or "That Other Beauty" --
"The Iridescence of Character:" Daniel Deronda --
Three Women, a Swarm of Insects, and the Problem of Correct Physiognomic Interpretation --
Gwendolen Harleth: Animals and Artworks --
Mirah 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 Physiognomies Note continued: Is John Jasper a "Delinquente Nato"? --
Dickens and Physiognomies --
Dickens's Ambivalent Stance toward Physiognomies and Realism --
Anti-Physiognomies, Anti-Realism --
The Rokesmith Portrait: Destroying Physiognomic Evidence --
Conclusion, or: Why We Failed to Solve Edwin Drood's Murder with Physiognomies --
5.Ironizing Physiognomies: Joseph Conrad --
Toward Modernism, Toward Physiognomic Opacity --
Almayer'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 Physiognomies --
Gazing Scientifically: Saint Lombroso in The Secret Agent --
Affirmation, Ambiguity, Dismissal --
Ironizing Lombroso --
From Lombrosian Physiognomies to Eugenics --
Conclusion --
6.Virginia Woolf on the Social, Epistemic, and Aesthetic Function of Physiognomies in the Modernist Novel --
Modernist Vision: Art and Life --
Changing Vision Note continued: Lily's Colorful Vision --
Physiognomies and Increasing Ekphrastic Vagueness --
Character: To the Lighthouse as "All Character" --
Modernist Physiognomies, an Oxymoron? --
Physiognomically Made-Up Stories --
Conclusion: The Dinner.
Series Title: Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature, 33.
Responsibility: Eike Kronshage.

Abstract:

"As readifers, 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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