Conjuring the Real
The Role of Architecture in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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Architecture is often thought of as the product of the work of architects and other professionals who work with built environments. Architects, it is thought, make architecture, and therefore they are considered the appropriate focus for any study of the subject. Who architects are, and what they do, becomes the definition of “architecture.” Similarly...
In recent years we have seen a number of blockbuster films that use historically significant buildings as filming locations. Buildings that can fill the large screen with their concrete substance are key ingredients when it comes to bringing a former era or fictional world closer to contemporary viewers...
1. “All That Life Can Afford”?: Perspectives on the Screening of Historic Literary London
British cinema has often been characterized as a cinema of literary adaptation, with the implication that this tendency has diverted it from being “truly cinematic.” The suggestion is that if it were more like American cinema, committed to character-driven action, or, like French cinema, a vehicle for personal expression, it would be truer to the medium’s potential, and so more successful internationally. Despite...
2. Architecture in Historical Fiction: A Historical and Comparative Study
“Historical fiction” usually is understood to mean the new kind of prose fiction developed two centuries ago by Walter Scott, now known as the historical novel. Scott established the genre, so much so that a discussion of historical fiction would lack perspective without some consideration of Scott’s own output, which is both copious (twenty-five novels and romances) and various. “Historical fiction” may be...
3. Norman Abbey asRomantic Mise-en-Sc
One of the discoveries that has preoccupied me most in recent years was a travel journal compiled by the English gentleman and future collector of curiosities, John Bargrave, in 1645.1 This journal was compiled to recount a visit of a few months to the French city of Bourges during the spring and summer of that year, when the imminence of civil war in the writer’s home country had made it dangerous for a...
4. Performing History on the Victorian Stage
The popular culture of Victorian Britain, as described by a contemporary observer, comprised heterogeneous “exhibitions, galleries, and museums” devoted to “popular education in the young and in the adult.”1 These forms of respectable recreation became the “libraries of those who have no money to expend on books . . . [and] the travel of those that have no time to bestow on travel.” Among the “amusements...
5. Shops and Subjects
This essay makes use of literary texts in order to show some ways in which people identify with their surroundings, or are portrayed by novelists as being interfused with their surroundings. The focus is on buildings, rather than natural surroundings, and for the most part on commercial buildings associated with retail transactions, moving from a shopping street in St. Petersburg, to an old curiosity shop in...
6. Pride and Prejudice: Establishing Historical Connections among the Arts
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published on January 28, 1813. Originally titled First Impressions, the novel was written between October 1796 and August 1797.1 It initially was rejected for publication, but after the publication of Sense and Sensibility in 1811, Austen revised the manuscript, initially titled First Impressions, probably between 1811...
Page Count: 232
Illustrations: 33 illustrations
Publication Year: 2011
OCLC Number: 741558842
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