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Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net

Numéro 52, novembre 2008

Science, Technology and the Senses

Sous la direction de Sibylle Erle et Laurie Garrison

Direction : Michael Eberle-Sinatra (founding editor [romantic]) et Dino Franco Felluga (editor [victorian])

Éditeur : Université de Montréal

ISSN : 1916-1441 (numérique)

DOI : 10.7202/019804ar

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Imperial Vision in the Arctic: Fleeting Looks and Pleasurable Distractions in Barker’s Panorama and Shelley’s Frankenstein

Laurie Garrison

University of Lincoln

Abstract

The early nineteenth century saw a rebirth of British arctic exploration and the enthusiasm inspired by these new, seemingly benign imperial endeavors spread quickly and thoroughly through the popular press. One of the most popular media for conveying the news and results of imperial projects was Barker’s panorama in Leicester Square. This medium encouraged a form of vision that was particularly conducive to garnering public support; the overwhelmingly large and meticulously detailed canvases caused the viewer to engage in a swift, haphazard form of looking that conveniently drew focus away from all the potential violations of people, landscape and property implied in exploration of regions such as the Arctic. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, published just before the exhibition of Barker’s first arctic panorama, presents a critique of this form of vision in the arctic frame narrative, which is plagued by Captain Walton’s continually distracted looks.

Auteur : Laurie Garrison
Titre : Imperial Vision in the Arctic: Fleeting Looks and Pleasurable Distractions in Barker’s Panorama and Shelley’s Frankenstein
Revue : Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, Numéro 52, novembre 2008
URI : http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/019804ar
DOI : 10.7202/019804ar

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