Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature

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Cambridge University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 231 pages
This book confronts a significant paradox in the development of literary realism: the very novels that present themselves as purveyors and celebrants of direct, ordinary human experience also manifest an obsession with art that threatens to sabotage their Realist claims. Unlike previous studies of the role of visual art, or music, or theatre in Victorian literature, Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature examines the juxtaposition of all of these arts in the works of Charlotte Brontė, William Thackeray, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and others. Alison Byerly combines close textual analysis with discussion of relevant ancillary topics to illuminate the place of different arts within nineteenth-century British culture. Her book, which also contains sixteen illustrations, represents an effort to bridge the growing gap between aesthetics and cultural studies.
 

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Contents

The picturesque aesthetic and the natural art of song
14
art as spectacle in William
50
George Eliots hierarchy of representation
106
Thomas Hardy and the labor of creation
149
the erasure of the real
184
Bibliography
210
Index
227
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