19, issue 25, 2017

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 25 (2017)

Technologies of Fire in Nineteenth-Century British Culture

Cultural histories of nineteenth-century Britain have studied the important physical and psychological transformations caused by the industrialization of light. Gaslight, though discovered prior to the nineteenth century, became aligned with the era’s narratives of national and industrial progress, an arc that, one might argue, culminated in the growing popularity of electric light at the end of the century. Yet, despite these new technologies of ‘artificial light’, ‘natural’ wood and coal fires remained popular in British culture. This issue explores fire as a visual and narrative technology in art, literature, and public displays by examining the ways in which fire evoked competing symbolic values, such as primitivism and modernity, vitality and destruction, intimacy and spectacle. The reading order mixes articles and shorter pieces together to demonstrate the continuities of fire across various sites, including: the domestic fireside, the tallow candle, theatrical conflagrations, Turner’s fires, subterranean fire, solar fire, fireworks, funeral pyres, and a coal-ship fire.

Anna Sullivan and Kate Flint

Animating Flames: Recovering Fire-Gazing as a Moving-Image Technology
Anne Sullivan

Tallow Candles and Meaty Air in Bleak House
Anna Henchman

Fire on Stage
Nicholas Daly

Power, Creativity, and Destruction in Turner’s Fires
Leo Costello

Visions of Volcanoes
David M. Pyle

Dirty Fires: Cosmic Pollution and the Solar Storm of 1859
Kate Neilsen

Kate Flint

Victorian Imag(in)ing of the Pagan Pyre: Frank Dicksee’s Funeral of a Viking
Nancy Rose Marshall

While the World Burns: Joseph Conrad and the Delayed Decoding of Catastrophe
Jesse Oak Taylor

Isobel Armstrong

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TOC: 19, issue 25, 2017. In: ArtHist.net, 06.12.2017. Letzter Zugriff 20.11.2018. <https://arthist.net/archive/16900>.

Beiträger: Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

Beitrag veröffentlicht am: 06.12.2017

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