Conclusion: Patterns of Perception

in The Victorian Eye

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226640761
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226640785 | DOI:
Conclusion: Patterns of Perception

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This chapter makes some general remarks on the main themes of the book: the particular forms of British liberalism and its relation to both material systems and perception, and the complicated, nonlinear nature of technological change. It suggests that reductive visual paradigms should be replaced by a multiplicity of overlapping, intersecting, and contrasting perceptual “patterns” that recur throughout the nineteenth century and capture visual experience in all its everyday richness and complexity far better than monolithic abstractions like the panopticon ever could.

Keywords: British liberalism; material systems; perception; technological change; nineteenth century; visual experience

Chapter.  4259 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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