Picturing the Past: English History in Text and Image, 1830-1870

Hardcover | July 1, 2000

byRosemary Mitchell

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This monograph is a wide-ranging and sophisticated analysis of representations in text and image of the English past between 1830 and 1870. It consists of a series of inter-related case-studies of illustrated history books, ranging from editions of David Humes History of England to W. H.Ainsworths The Tower of London (1840). It contributes to present debates on nationalism, highlighting the complex and variable nature of cultural constructions of identity. Simultaneously, if offers an overall interpretation of historiographical change in early and mid-Victorian Britain, focusing in particular on the transition frompicturesque reconstructions of the English past to the scientific approaches of the professional historian. Genuinely interdisciplinary, Picturing the Past presents new perspectives on traditional studies of Victorian historiography, literature, and illustration. It explores relationships between text and image, author, illustrator, and publisher, in the production of illustrated historical texts, oftendrawing on neglected material in publishers archives. The tendency to analyse text and image, fiction and non-fiction, popular and elite publications in isolation from each other is challenged in the interests of a more complex and nuanced portrait of the middle-class Victorian historicalconsciousness.

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This monograph is a wide-ranging and sophisticated analysis of representations in text and image of the English past between 1830 and 1870. It consists of a series of inter-related case-studies of illustrated history books, ranging from editions of David Humes History of England to W. H.Ainsworths The Tower of London (1840). It contrib...

Rosemary Mitchell is a Lecturer in History at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198208448

ISBN - 13:9780198208440

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Picturing the English Past in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Historical Consciousness and National IdentityPublishing the Past: Text and Image, Author, Illustrator and PublisherThe History of The History of England: The Evolution of a Standard Text and its IllustrationsTrue Stories and Solid Facts: The Evolution of the English History TextbookThe Picturesque Face of the Past: The 1840s Novels of William Harrison Ainsworth'A United People': Charles Knight and the Making of a Picturesque History of EnglandSeparate Spheres and Early Women's HistoryJohn Lingard's History of England: A Catholic HistoryThackeray, A'Beckett, and Leech: 'The Dignity of History'The Abuse of Antiquity and the Uses of Myth: The Illustrated Historical Novel after 1850Experiments with History: The Later Novels of W. H. Ainsworth and their Illustrations and the Decline of the Picturesque Historical NovelConclusion

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`a rich mine of information'English Historical Review, June 2001