Strange Sisters

Literature and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century

by Francesca Orestano (Volume editor) Francesca Frigerio (Volume editor)
©2009 Edited Collection XX, 308 Pages


This collection of essays stems from the conference ‘Nineteenth-Century Literature and Aesthetics’, which was held at the University of Milan in 2006 and organised by the editors of this volume. The interface between word and image covered in these essays embraces the fields of literature, architecture, painting, photography, music and art criticism. The authors stress the role of aesthetics in a number of contexts ranging from the early 1830s to the fin de siècle and beyond, as far as the last influences of Victorian taste on the early years of the twentieth century.
During the nineteenth century the ancient interaction between literature and aesthetics was challenged and criticised by Martineau, Rossetti, Ruskin, Pater, Wilde, Beardsley, Cameron and Carroll, among others: their awareness of the complexity of visual perception problematised the existing categories of realism, artistic conventions, discourse of description, translation and representation.
The essays cover almost a century of debate between literature and aesthetics. They focus on the intersection of word and image by emphasising transgressions in art hierarchies, forms and languages, which restyle existing categories and project them into new aesthetic dimensions beyond the conventional idea of the sister arts.


XX, 308
ISBN (Softcover)
Aesthetics British Primitivism Word and Image Sister Arts
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. XX, 308 pp., 20 ill.

Biographical notes

Francesca Orestano (Volume editor) Francesca Frigerio (Volume editor)

The Editors: Francesca Orestano is Associate Professor of English Literature at the State University of Milan and works on the connections between literature and aesthetics, picturesque and visual culture, modernism, children’s literature, landscape gardening and Charles Dickens. Francesca Frigerio received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the State University of Milan. In the same year, she was awarded a fellowship with the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University.


Title: Strange Sisters