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The Buried Life of Things
How Objects Made History in Nineteenth-Century Britain

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  • Date Published: November 2014
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  • isbn: 9781316191859

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  • Simon Goldhill offers a fresh and exciting perspective on how the Victorians used material culture to express their sense of the past in an age of progress, especially the biblical past and the past of classical antiquity. From Pompeian skulls on a writer's desk, to religious paraphernalia in churches, new photographic images of the Holy Land and the remaking of the cityscape of Jerusalem and Britain, Goldhill explores the remarkable way in which the nineteenth century's sense of history was reinvented through things. The Buried Life of Things shows how new technologies changed how history was discovered and analysed, and how material objects could flare into significance in bitter controversies, and then fade into obscurity and disregard again. This book offers a new route into understanding the Victorians' complex and often bizarre attempts to use their past to express their own modernity.

    • A wide-ranging, highly illustrated study of how things shaped the Victorians' engagement with history
    • Written by leading and award-winning scholar Simon Goldhill
    • Includes new and engaging explorations of key biblical and classical locations and symbols
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316191859
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the buried life of things
    1. A writer's things: Edward Bulwer Lytton and the archaeological gaze
    2. When things matter: religion and the physical world
    3. Imperial landscapes, the biblical gaze, and techniques of the photo album: capturing the real in Jerusalem and the holy land
    4. Building history: a mandate coda
    5. Restoration
    Coda: a final dig

  • Author

    Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge
    Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek, University of Cambridge; John Harvard Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cambridge; Director of the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; Fellow of King's College, Cambridge; and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His internationally award-winning books include Jerusalem, City of Longing (2008), Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity (2011) and Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy (2012).

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