The Embodied Imagination in Antebellum American Art and Culture: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Embodied Imagination in Antebellum American Art and Culture

1st Edition

By Catherine Holochwost


232 pages | 14 Color Illus. | 46 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367175566
pub: 2020-03-25
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This book reveals a new history of the imagination told through its engagement with the body. Even as they denounced the imagination’s potential for inviting luxury, vice, and corruption, American audiences avidly consumed a transatlantic visual culture of touring paintings, dioramas, gift books, and theatrical performances that pictured a preindustrial—and largely imaginary—European past. By examining the visual, material, and rhetorical strategies artists like Washington Allston, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Cole and others used to navigate this treacherous ground, Catherine Holochwost uncovers a hidden tension in antebellum aesthetics. The book will be of interest to scholars of art history, literary and cultural history, critical race studies, performance studies, and media studies.

Table of Contents

1. Historicizing the Imagination 2. 'A Representation So Completely Ad Vivim' 3. Staying on the Surface 4. Race-ing and the Embodied Imagination 5. Culturing the Imagination in Luman Reed's New York

About the Author

Catherine Holochwost is Assistant Professor of Art History at La Salle University, Philadelphia.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / History / General
ART / American / General
ART / History / Romanticism
ART / Popular Culture
ART / Museum Studies
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies