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Portraiture and British Gothic Fiction

The Rise of Picture Identification, 1764–1835

Kamilla Elliott

Portraits play important roles, often as a means of identification, in the first wave of Gothic fiction, reflecting contemporary discourses about portraiture’s relation to class politics, power and social identities. Elliott engages with more than 100 Gothic works, including texts by Horace Walpole and Mary Shelley, to illustrate the ways in which authors of this period reworked ideas about portraiture to mythologize middle-class ascendancy and upper-class decline.
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  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins UP
  • Year: 2012
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • ISBN: 9781421407173
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.6kg
Product code:
533680
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