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Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects' : photographic allegories of Victorian identity and empire / Jeff Rosen.

Rosen, Jeff, 1957- [Browse]
  • Manchester : Manchester University Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
xiv, 318 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary note:
Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects' is the first study of Cameron's allegorical photographs and the first to examine the intellectual connections of this imagery to British culture and politics of the 1860s and 1870s. Cameron chose allegory as her primary artistic device because it allowed her to use popular iconography to convey a latent or secondary meaning. She used the term 'fancy subjects' to embed moral, intellectual and political narratives in her photographs. This book reconnects her to the prominent minds in her circle who influenced her thinking, including Benjamin Jowett, George Grote and Henry Taylor, and demonstrates her awareness and responsiveness to popular graphic art, including textiles and wall paper, book illustrations and engravings from period folios, cartoons from Punch and line drawings from the Illustrated London News, cabinet photographs and autotype prints.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Saint Pierre's exiles : myths of origins and national identity -- Jowett's scriptures : the moral life and the state -- Grote's Hellenism : Victorian Parnassus on the Isle of Wight -- Byron's 'Beauties' : national heroines and defenders of liberty -- Overstone's 'Negromania' : justness and justice at home and abroad -- Tennyson's nationalism : epic and lyric in Idylls of the king -- North's gardens : redemption and the return to origins.
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