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Poetry, Politics and Pictures

Culture and Identity in Europe, 1840–1914


Edited By Ingrid Hanson, Jack Rhoden and Erin Snyder

This collection offers new perspectives on the connections between politics, identity and representation in art and poetry in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain and Europe. Contributions explore questions such as the following: what was the effect of the reciprocity of political, religious and artistic influence in nineteenth-century Britain and Europe? How were key political moments or movements influenced by or influential on literary and artistic form? How did the styles and forms of the past shape the political expressions of the nineteenth-century present? By what means did politically inflected art and literature shape the emerging construction of national, class or religious identities in the nineteenth century?
Ranging across not only Britain but also France, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Spain and Italy, the essays draw on different discourses and art forms. They all utilise concepts of cultural materialism to shape an understanding of the contingent relationships between national and international public discourse and identity, political change and cultural production as well as the reproduction, translation, influence and dissemination of both politics and culture in art and literature.


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Jan Dirk Baetens, Form, Reform and Reformation Figure 1 Henri Leys, Adriaen van Haemstede Secretly Preaching the Reformation in Antwerp around 1552 (1858) © Auctioneers Bernaerts. 23 Figure 2 Lucas Cranach the Elder, St John the Baptist Preaching (1516) © The British Museum. 25 Figure 3 Pieter Brueghel the Younger, The Sermon of St John the Baptist (17th century) © KIK-IRPA. 27 Figure 4 Henri Leys, The Proclamation of the Edict of Charles V in 1550, Establishing the Inquisition in the Netherlands (1860) © The Walters Art Museum. 30 Eric Storm, Crushed between Gauguin and Picasso Figure 1 Ignacio Zuloaga, El Cristo de la Sangre (1911). Source: Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, © c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2013. 75 Timothy Baycroft, Images of France and the French Figure 1 Anon., Louis Philippe 1er Roi des Français [King of the French] © Bibliothèque Nationale de France. 96 x Illustrations Figure 2 Anon., Barricade de la rue Saint-Martin [Barricade in the Rue Saint-Martin] (1848) © Bibliothèque Nationale de France. 97 Figure 3 Anon., L’arbre de la Liberté [The Liberty Tree] (1848) © Bibliothèque Nationale de France. 99 Figure 4 Anon., Napoléon III, Empereur des Français [Emperor of the French] (1852) © Bibliothèque Nationale de France. 100 Figure 5 Anon., 1792–1892 Fêtes du Centenaire de la République française [Commemoration of the centenary of the Republic] (1892) © Bibliothèque Nationale de France. 102 Figure 6 Mort d’Alphonse Baudin [Death of Baudin], after Ernest Louis Pichio, photogravure, 1888 © Bibliothèque Nationale de...

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