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Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century : Looking Like a Woman, Paperback / softback Book

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

Description

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.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 254 pages, 18 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
  • ISBN: 9781107428744

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