Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century
Looking Like a Woman
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- Author: Hilary Fraser, Birkbeck, University of London
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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.Read more
- Contests the view that art history is a masculine field by exploring the importance and diversity of women's art writing
- Features key figures from Anna Jameson, Elizabeth Eastlake and George Eliot to Alice Meynell, Vernon Lee and Michael Field
- Shows how, from its beginning as a discipline, art writing by women was distinctively different from that by men
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"… this eminently readable study of women writing in a diversity of genres during the nineteenth century … provides an important account of the conceptual origins of art history in Britain and the contributions of writers participating from the discipline's margins."
D. H. Cibelli, Choice
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- Date Published: August 2014
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316057360
- contains: 18 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. The profession of art history
2. The art of fiction
3. Girl guides: travel, translation, ekphrasis
4. Women's periods
5. Feminine arts
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