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The Victorians and the Visual Imagination Hardcover – 28 Aug 2000
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Review of the hardback: 'This book is a quite magnificent contribution to nineteenth-century cultural history, as well as to the wider exploration of the cultural production of the senses. Flint moves with restless, virtuosic authority between literature, painting, politics and scientific writing, layering together gripping new material with reangled readings of familiar texts.' Steven Connor, Birkbeck College, University of London
Drawing on writers as diverse as George Eliot, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Rudyard Kipling as well as Pre-Raphaelite and realist painters including Millais, Burne-Jones, William Powell Frith and Whistler, this richly illustrated and innovative study explores the Victorians' attitudes towards sight. It will appeal to anyone studying Victorian culture.See all Product description
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I have already reviewed this book. It is great and very valuable to an art historian or researcher in literature.
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The Victorians and the Visual Imagination - Kate Flint.
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A welcome study ! Offering interesting reading for academics and those who have a general passion for the period. This book is well referenced and sourced - pulling together the thoughts and experiences of many key and contemporary Victorians such as Ruskin, Dickens, Eliot and a whole host of lesser known but equally important writers and artists. Kate Flint explores the changing concept of perspective - she shows the impact of travel - the challenge to conventional perspective offered by physically altering one's position - train travel or ballooning for example. "Sight" as it was perceived by the Victorians is something we do not identify with today. Flint brings to the foreground the important fact that "seeing" in Victorian England was indeed a very different experience. I found this book a useful addition to my bookshelf and more than that, I really liked it.