Moving Images: Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices

Moving Images: Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices

By: Helen Groth (author)Hardback

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Examines the moving image in relation to nineteenth-century literature, theories of mind, and visual media This book examines how the productive interplay between nineteenth-century literary and visual media paralleled the emergence of a modern psychological understanding of the ways in which reading, viewing and dreaming generate moving images in the mind. Reading between these parallel histories of mind and media reveals a dynamic conceptual, aesthetic and technological engagement with the moving image that, in turn, produces a new understanding of the production and circulation of the work of key nineteenth-century writers, such as Lord Byron, Walter Scott, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. As Helen Groth shows, this engagement is both typical of the nineteenth-century in its preoccupation with questions of automatism and volition (unconscious and conscious thought), spirit and materiality, art and machine, but also definitively modern in its secular articulation of the instructive and entertaining applications of making images move both inside and outside the mind. Key Features *Considers the impact of the dramatic transformations in print and visual culture on our understanding of the production, circulation and mediation of works by Byron, Scott, Thackeray, Carroll, Dickens, Mayhew and James, as well as lesser-known writers such as Ann and Jane Taylor, Pierce Egan, Countess Blessington, and George Sims *Provides a new perspective on the conventional opposition of the early cinema of attractions to the immersive absorption of both nineteenth-century literary formations and later classical narrative cinema

About Author

Helen Groth is an Associate Professor in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales. She is the author of Victorian Photography and Literary Nostalgia (Oxford University Press, 2003) and with Natalya Lusty, Dreams and Modernity. A Cultural History (Routledge, 2013). She has also co-edited two recent collections, a special issues of Textual Practice on 'The Uses of Anachronism' and Mindful Aesthetics. Literature and the Science of Mind. She has also written a wide range of articles on photography, Victorian visual technologies, dreams, anachronism, and noise.


Acknowledgements; List of Illustrations; Introduction: Moving Images: Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices; Chapter 1: Moving Books in Regency London; Chapter 2: Byronic Networks: Circulating Images in Minds and Media; Chapter 3: Natural Magic and the Technologies of Reading: David Brewster and Sir Walter Scott; Chapter 4: Reading Habits and Magic Lanterns: Dickens and Dr Pepper's Ghost; Chapter 5: Dissolving Views: Dreams of Reading Alice; Chapter 6: Flickering Effects: George Robert Sims and the Psychology of the Moving Image; Chapter 7: Literary Projections and Residual Media: Cecil Hepworth and Robert Paul; Bibliography.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780748669486
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780748669486
  • weight: 483
  • ISBN10: 0748669485

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