Vision, Science and Literature, 1870-1920

Ocular Horizons

A highly original work and a landmark study whose impact is likely to be long lasting.
European Society for the Study of English
Winner of the 2011 British Society for Literature and Science Annual Prize

This book explores the role of vision and the culture of observation in Victorian and modernist ways of seeing. Willis charts the characterization of vision through four organizing principles—small, large, past and future—to survey Victorian conceptions of what vision was. He then explores how this Victorian vision influenced twentieth-century ways of seeing, when anxieties over visual “truth” became entwined with modernist rejections of objectivity.

March, 2018

isbn : 9780822965466

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Martin Willis

Martin Willis is professor of English literature at Cardiff University.

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