Ruskin and the Dawn of the Modern

Hardcover | June 1, 1999

EditorDinah Birch

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This interdisciplinary collection of original essays reconsiders John Ruskin's legacy, suggesting that the vigour and vitality of his late work played an important role in shaping the twentieth-century mind. The contributors have focused on such diverse areas as Ruskin's thinking on music, hisimpact on social reform policies and the British Labour movement, his influence on scientific and artistic education, the complexities of his relationship with aestheticism, and on his writing in Fors Clavigera. Together, the essays expose the extraordinarily pervasive influence that Ruskin's workhad on central cultural debates of the late Victorian era. Moreover, they overturn received assumptions about Ruskin's significance in the dawning of the modern sensibility.

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This interdisciplinary collection of original essays reconsiders John Ruskin's legacy, suggesting that the vigour and vitality of his late work played an important role in shaping the twentieth-century mind. The contributors have focused on such diverse areas as Ruskin's thinking on music, hisimpact on social reform policies and the Br...

Dinah Birch is Tutor and Fellow in English at Trinity College, Oxford

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198184549

ISBN - 13:9780198184546

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Table of Contents

IntroductionJose Harris: Ruskin and Social ReformFrancis O'Gorman: Ruskin's Science of the 1870s: Science, Education, and the NationLawrence Goldman: Ruskin, Oxford, and the British Labour Movement 1880-1914Paul Tucker and Donata Levi: A Line of Absolute Correctness: Teaching Drawing at OxfordDelia da Sousa Correa: Goddesses of Instruction and Desire: Ruskin and MusicNicholas Shrimpton: Ruskin and the AesthetesSharon Aronofsky Weltman: Myth and Gender in Ruskin's ScienceDinah Birch: Ruskin's Multiple Writing: Fors ClavigeraIndex

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`an interesting collection of essays ... The various contributors to this book do some useful work in reestablishing Ruskin's reputation as one of the most pervasive influences on the cultural milieu of the Victorian age.' Nicholas Salmon, The Jnl of the William Morris Society, Vol. XIII, No.4, Spring 00.