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The nineteenth century saw a marked rise both in the sheer numbers of women active in visual art professions and in the discursive concern for the woman artist in fiction, the periodical press, art history, and politics. The Woman Painter in Victorian Literature argues that Victorian women writers used the controversial figure of the woman painter to intervene in the discourse of aesthetics. These writers were able to assert their own status as artistic producers through the representation of female visual artists. Women painters posed a threat to the traditional heterosexual erotic art scenarios—a male artist and a male viewer admiring a woman or feminized art object. Antonia Losano traces an actual movement in history in which women writers struggled to rewrite the relations of gender and art to make a space for female artistic production. She examines as well the disruption female artists caused in the socioeconomic sphere. Losano offers close readings of a wide array of Victorian writers, particularly those works classified as noncanonical—by Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Margaret Oliphant, Anne Brontë, and Mrs. Humphrey Ward—and a new look at better-known novels such as Jane Eyre and Daniel Deronda, focusing on the pivotal social and aesthetic meanings of female artistic production in these texts. Each of the novels considered here is viewed as a contained, coherent, and complex aesthetic treatise that coalesces around the figure of the female painter.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Deditaion
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiv-xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Prevailing Winds and Cross-Currents: Public Discourse and the History of Victorian Women Painters
  2. pp. 23-62
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  1. 2. Desire and Feminist Aesthetics in Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  2. pp. 63-95
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  1. 3. Ekphrasis and the Art of Courtship in Jane Eyre
  2. pp. 96-118
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  1. 4. Making a Living: Howitt, Eliot, Oliphant
  2. pp. 119-148
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  1. 5. The Afterlife of Angelica Kauffman
  2. pp. 149-179
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  1. 6. Disfigurement and Beauty in Dinah Craik and Charlotte Yonge
  2. pp. 180-208
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  1. 7. Painting the New Woman: Mary Ward and the Woman Artist
  2. pp. 209-231
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  1. Coda: Contemporary Representations of the Woman Painter
  2. pp. 232-238
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 239-266
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 267-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-300
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271957
Related ISBN
9780814210819
MARC Record
OCLC
1082865219
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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