Victorian Glassworlds: Glass Culture and the Imagination 1830-1880

Isobel Armstrong


Isobel Armstrong's startlingly unique and fantastically illustrated ebook tells the tales that spring from the mass-production of glass in nineteenth-century England. relocating throughout know-how, undefined, neighborhood background, structure, literature, print tradition, the visible arts, optics, and philosophy, it's going to remodel our realizing of the Victorian period.

The mass construction of glass within the 19th century reworked an historical fabric right into a sleek one, whilst remodeling the surroundings and the nineteenth-century mind's eye. It created a brand new glass tradition hitherto impossible. Glass tradition constituted Victorian modernity. It used to be made of countless diversifications of the prefabricated glass panel, and the lens. The replicate and the window grew to become its formative parts, either the texts and parts of glass tradition. The
glassworlds of the century are heterogeneous. They show up themselves within the applied sciences of the manufacturing unit furnace, within the myths of Cinderella and her glass slipper circulated in print media, within the ideologies of the conservatory as construction style, within the fantasia of the shopfront, within the construction of
chandeliers, within the Crystal Palace, and the lens-made pictures of the magic lantern and microscope. yet they have been however ruled via inescapable stipulations.

First, to appear via glass used to be to appear during the residues of the breath of an unknown artisan, simply because glass used to be mass produced by way of incorporating glassblowing into the department of labour. moment, actually a brand new medium, glass introduced the paradox of transparency and the issues of mediation into the typical. It intervened among seer and visible, incorporating a contemporary philosophical challenge into physically adventure. therefore for poets and novelists glass took on fabric and ontological,
political, and aesthetic meanings.

Reading glass forwards into Bauhaus modernism, Walter Benjamin missed an early section of glass tradition the place the languages of glass are assorted. The e-book charts this part in 3 components. manufacturing facility files, exchange union files, and periodicals rfile the person brands and artisans who based glass tradition, the economic travelers who defined it, and the systematic politics of window-breaking. half , culminating in glass lower than glass on the Crystal Palace, reads the
glassing of our surroundings, together with the reflect, the window, and controversy around the conservatory, and their inscription in poems and novels. half 3 explores the lens, from optical toys to 'philosophical' tools because the telescope and microscope have been known.

A meditation on its heritage and phenomenology, Victorian Glassworlds is a poetics of glass for nineteenth-century modernity.

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