Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century : Looking Like a Woman Paperback / softback
Part of the Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture series
This book sets out to correct received accounts of the emergence of art history as a masculine field.
It investigates the importance of female writers from Anna Jameson, Elizabeth Eastlake and George Eliot to Alice Meynell, Vernon Lee and Michael Field in developing a discourse of art notable for its complexity and cultural power, its increasing professionalism and reach, and its integration with other discourses of modernity.
Proposing a more flexible and inclusive model of what constitutes art historical writing, including fiction, poetry and travel literature, this book offers a radically revisionist account of the genealogy of a discipline and a profession.
It shows how women experienced forms of professional exclusion that, whilst detrimental to their careers, could be aesthetically formative; how working from the margins of established institutional structures gave women the freedom to be audaciously experimental in their writing about art in ways that resonate with modern readers.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 254 pages, 18 Halftones, black and white
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 01/09/2016
- Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9781107428744
- Hardback from £59.55