The "Writing" of Modern Life: The Etching Revival in France, Britain, and the U.s., 1850-1940

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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What is it about etching that renders itaccording to both the poet-critic Charles Baudelaire and the visionary artist Samuel Palmera medium of writing? And, moreover, what makes etching equally adaptable to the expression of both memory and modernity?The "Writing" of Modern Lifeexamines British, French, and American artists who from the polemical beginnings of the Etching Revival in the 1850s to its twentieth-century afterlife practiced etching as a form of quasi-literary authorship. Whether or not these printmakers viewed etching as a medium for expressing thoughts or personality, as Baudelaire and Palmer claimed, they did find in the craft a way to suggest both elegiac recollection and the visual strangeness of modern life. Containing essays by Martha Tedeschi, Peyton Skipwith, Anna Arnar, Allison Morehead, and Elizabeth Helsinger, and generously illustrated with works by both well-known and less-heralded printmakers,The "Writing" of Modern Lifeis an interdisciplinary collection that will appeal to literary and art historians alike.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Helsinger is the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of English and Art History at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
The "Writing" of Modern Life
The New Language of Etching in Nineteenth-Century England
Seduced by the Etcher's Needle: French Writers and the Graphic Arts in Nineteenth-Century France
Interlude: Bracquemond and Buhot
Toward a Gothic Vision
Postlude: Reflections on Some Impressions
Checklist of the Exhibition
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