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Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875

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This book lluminates the nineteenth-century fascination--in Britain and the U.S.--with visual representations of the Arctic, from fine art to panoramas, engravings, magic lantern slides, and photographs. Drawing from letters, diaries, cartoons, and sketches, as well as ephemera such as newspaper advertisements, playbills, and program booklets, Potter shows how representations of the Arctic expressed the fascination, dread, and wonder that the region inspired, and continues to inspire today.

Book News Annotation:

Whether they were gentlemen of science or proletarians who had to go to pubs to hear novels read to them, Victorians loved the exotic arctic and yet dreaded it as a place of death. Here Potter (English, Rhode Island College) closely analyzes the range of this peculiarly Victorian fascination, covering the complete range of literary and visual efforts, including Ross's accounts of the fictitious Münchausen and serious treatments of actual voyages, works that focused on sensational death above all, and the relatively few works that captured the real beauty of the arctic apart from the misunderstandings and myths. The illustrations here are especially well-chosen, so much so that readers may need to put on a sweater. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295986807
Author:
Potter, Russell
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Author:
Potter, Russell A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
Documentary photography
Subject:
TRAVEL / General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
258
Dimensions:
10.00x8.54x.98 in. 2.23 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
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