Monday, December 04, 2017

New Journal issue - 'Technologies of Fire in Nineteenth-Century British Culture'

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

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.
  • Introduction - Anne 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
  • Fireworks - 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
  • Afterword - Fire - Isobel Armstrong
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