Literary Illumination

The Evolution of Artificial Light in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Awdur(on): Richard Leahy

Iaith: Saesneg

Dosbarthiad(au): Beirniadaeth Lenyddol

Cyfres: Intersections in Literature and Science

  • Awst 2018 · 288tudalen · 216x138mm

  • ·Clawr Caled - 9781786832689
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'Literary Illumination covers much ground in just under 200 pages. Leahy’s book presents some fascinating material and works as a handy starting point for anyone interested in understanding the development of lighting symbolism in nineteenth-century literature. Leahy considers a commendable number of sources and discusses key literary moments that include representation of firelight, candles, gaslight, and electric light in chronological order. The book will be of particular interest to undergraduate students interested in these texts, or light in modern literature, as well as scholars working on literature and technology.'
-The Wellsian: The Journal of the H. G. Wells Society


Chapter One: Firelight
1.1 Nineteenth Century Firelight: Hearth, Home and Industry
1.2 Gaskell, Dickens, Fire and Reverie
1.3 Variable Flames in Urban Domesticity
1.4 Fire and Reverie in Industrial Desperation
Chapter Two: Candlelight
2.1 A Brief History of Candlelight
2.2. Candle Theory and its Symbolic Value in Literature
2.3 The Candle and the Literary Detective
2.4 The Candle and the Gothic Unknown
2.5 The Candle and Ambiguity of Mental States
Chapter Three: Gaslight
3.1 Gaslight in the Nineteenth Century
3.2 The Networked City: Gaslight on Literary Streets
3.3 The Theatre: Gaslight’s Stage
3.4 The Department Store: Gaslight’s Dressing Room
Chapter Four: Electric Light
4.1 Electric Light in the Nineteenth Century
4.2 Jules Verne’s prophetic electric light of the 1860s and 70s
4.3 The Transient Light of H.G. Wells’s Fin-de-Siècle
4.4 Electric Light 1900-1914: Realisation and Realism
Summary and Conclusions

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