Writing The Pre-raphaelites: Text, Context, Subtext

August 28, 2009|
Writing The Pre-raphaelites: Text, Context, Subtext by Michaela Giebelhausen
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This vibrant collection of essays claims that a complex network of texts by critics, biographers and diarists established the credibility and influence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Throughout the twentieth century, Modernist taste failed to acknowledge the achievement of oppositional groupings such as the Pre-Raphaelites. The essays collected here, however, reveal that the British group anticipated later avant-gardes by using the written word to configure for itself a radical artistic identity. Public and critics alike were scandalized by the radicalism of Pre-Raphaelite painting, its unflinching portrayal of historical figures and of contemporary life, and its irreverent attitude to artistic convention. Pre-Raphaelitism''s innovations were not confined to style: new forms of artistic identity and behaviour were explored. As the contributors interrogate the texts through which Pre-Raphaelitism was constructed, they demonstrate that the movement''s wide influence as a cultural phenomenon derived from the interplay between exhibited works and critical discourse. Applying a range of sophisticated methodologies from the fields of literary studies, art history, and cultural studies, these interdisciplinary essays uncover the neglected role of texts in the success of the Pre-Raphaelite rebellion and argue in favor of a new centrality for this movement in the history of nineteenth-century European culture.
Dr Michaela Giebelhausen is based at the University of Essex, UK. Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art at Yale University, USA.
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Title:Writing The Pre-raphaelites: Text, Context, Subtext
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:276 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:276 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 in
Published:August 28, 2009
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780754657170

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