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Working with Glass: Strategies of Representation in Mid-Nineteenth Century Glass Factory Tourist Narratives

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Katherine Inglis

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Katherine Inglis is in the final year of her PhD at Birkbeck. Her thesis explores the relationship between ambiguous objects such as android automata, anatomical waxworks and ‘philosophical instruments' and eccentric representations of subjectivity in the work of James Hogg, Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë. She won the George Eliot Fellowship Prize in 2006 for her essay on ‘Romola's Medieval Ancestry', which was published in The George Eliot Review in 2006. Her article on ‘Perception and Testimony in Winter Evening Tales' was published in Studies in Hogg and his World in 2006.
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This essay explores questions regarding the paradoxical nature of glass as a material that escapes (or exceeds) disciplinary expectations. These questions arose from a workshop led by Isobel Armstrong on ‘Working with Glass', in which delegates to Birkbeck's ‘The Verbal and the Visual' conference discussed a selection of mid-nineteenth-century glass-factory tourist narratives. They are filled with rich visual description, yet failures of description – evasions, hesitancies, deferrals and silences - abound. Glass, the antithetical material, produces a paradoxical mode of description in which the collapse of ekphrasis is as significant as its articulation.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ntn.464
How to Cite: Inglis, K., (2007). Working with Glass: Strategies of Representation in Mid-Nineteenth Century Glass Factory Tourist Narratives. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. (5). DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ntn.464
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Published on 01 Oct 2007.
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