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    “All that life can afford”? Perspectives on the screening of historic literary London

    Christie, Ian (2011) “All that life can afford”? Perspectives on the screening of historic literary London. In: Handa, R. and Potter, J. (eds.) Conjuring the Real: The Role of Architecture in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Lincoln, U.S.: University of Nebraska Press, pp. 21-66. ISBN 9780803217430.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: In the Western world the period from the mid-eighteenth through the nineteenth century was a time of expanding historical consciousness, a period that saw the birth of modern historiography, a profusion of historical novels and paintings, and the widespread production of historical plays. Historical buildings, in themselves already of intense interest to people of the day, also found their way into the multiplying cultural forms as concrete presences anchoring a novelist’s, poet’s, painter’s, or, eventually, filmmaker’s vision of the past. In recent years a number of blockbuster films have used historically significant buildings as filming locations because buildings can concretely bring a former era or fictional world closer to contemporary viewers. Conjuring the Real traces the genealogy of this representational role of architecture, going back through the history of film and then further in literature, art, and theater. The contributors examine the ways in which authors, artists, and stage managers used complex depictions of buildings to feed and shape the audience’s historical imagination. How can we understand the significance of architecture, not through its original design and construction but through the ways in which the public experiences, perceives, and understands it? The contributors pursue this question through the ideas of secondary portrayers of historical buildings, such as writers and artists, and then through the responses of those who read and view these creations.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2013 16:38
    Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 10:54
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6123

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