• Jonathan Potter
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)


This book conceptualises visual and literary cultures as a pluralism of discourses. Not only might these discourses fluctuate and shift from one instance to another but their adaptability creates space for individual agency. Discourses of vision are examined here through media technologies such as the panorama, the magic lantern, the stereoscope, and the kaleidoscope, amongst others. This introduction interrogates the idea of a “technological imagination” through works by Lewis Carroll, Jacob Bigelow, Richard Horne, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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  • Jonathan Potter
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  1. 1.Coventry UniversityCoventryUK

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