Audio player

Comments

Scholarcast 22: Sensation and Modernity in the 1860s

UCD Scholarcast - Series 3: Scholars off the Page

Education

In this episode Nicholas Daly reads from the Introduction to his book Sensation and Modernity in the 1860's published by Cambridge University Press. This is a study of high and low culture in the years before the Reform Act of 1867, which vastly increased the number of voters in Victorian Britain. As many commentators worried about the political consequences of this 'Leap in the Dark', authors and artists began to re-evaluate their own role in a democratic society that was also becoming more urban and more anonymous. While some fantasized about ways of capturing and holding the attention of the masses, others preferred to make art and literature more exclusive, to shut out the crowd. One path led to 'Sensation'; the other to aestheticism, though there were also efforts to evade this opposition. This book examines the fiction, drama, fine art, and ephemeral forms of these years against the backdrop of Reform. Authors and artists studied include Wilkie Collins, Dion Boucicault, Charles Dickens, James McNeill Whistler, and the popular illustrator, Alfred Concanen.


More episodes  


Listen to Scholarcast 23: Pliny's Encyclopedia: The reception of the natural history

Scholarcast 23: Pliny's Encyclopedia: The reception of the natural history

Dec 10, 2010
Listen to Scholarcast 15: Old and New Media After Katrina

Scholarcast 15: Old and New Media After Katrina

Apr 15, 2010
Listen to Scholarcast 14: Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland

Scholarcast 14: Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland

Dec 16, 2009
Listen to Scholarcast 13: Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Living

Scholarcast 13: Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Living

Jun 5, 2009
:: / ::
1.0x 1.5x 2.0x