Discourses of Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Seeing, Thinking, Writing

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    Discourses of Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain 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 authors including George Eliot, Charles Dickens, G.H. Lewes, Max Nordau, Herbert Spencer, and Joseph Conrad, as well as shedding light on less-known works drawn from the periodical press. By revealing the discourses that formed around visual technologies, the book challenges and builds upon existing scholarship to provide a powerful new model by which to understand how the Victorians experienced, conceptualised, and wrote about vision.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-89737-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-89736-3
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 2018

    Publication series

    NamePalgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISSN (Print)2634-6494
    ISSN (Electronic)2634-6508


    • Victorian literature
    • Victorian culture
    • Visual Culture
    • Cultural history
    • English literature


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