Framing the Victorians Jennifer Green-Lewis

ISBN: 9780801432767

Published: January 1st 1997

Hardcover

255 pages


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Framing the Victorians  by  Jennifer Green-Lewis

Framing the Victorians by Jennifer Green-Lewis
January 1st 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 255 pages | ISBN: 9780801432767 | 5.31 Mb

A wide-ranging exploration of the complex and often conflicting discourse on photography in the nineteenth century, Framing the Victorians traces various descriptions of photography as art, science, magic, testimony, proof, document, record,MoreA wide-ranging exploration of the complex and often conflicting discourse on photography in the nineteenth century, Framing the Victorians traces various descriptions of photography as art, science, magic, testimony, proof, document, record, illusion, and diagnosis.

Victorian photography, argues Jennifer Green-Lewis, inspired such universal fascination that even two so self-consciously opposed schools as positivist realism and metaphysical romance claimed it as their own. Photography thus became at once the symbol of the inadequacy of nineteenth-century empiricism and the proof of its totalizing vision. Green-Lewis juxtaposes textual descriptions with pictorial representations of a diverse array of cultural activities from war and law enforcement to novel writing and psychiatry. She compares, for example, the exhibition of Roger Fentons Crimean War photographs (1855) which W.H.

Russells written accounts of the war published in the Times of London (1884 and 1886). Nineteenth-century photography, she maintains, must be reread in the context of Victorian written texts from and against which it developed.



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