19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century has published its 23rd issue, on the theme of ‘The Arts and Feeling’. The issue’s ten articles are introduced by Victoria Mills’ essay ‘Curating Feeling’, a response to the recent Fallen Woman exhibition at The Foundling Museum.
This issue explores the ways in which Victorian writers, artists, composers, sculptors, and architects imagined, conceptualized, and represented emotion. Its diverse articles respond to and extend recent interdisciplinary work on emotions, sentimentality, and the senses, locating such work within wider debates about the physiology and psychology of aesthetic perception, the historicization of aesthetic response, and the role of media specificity in the production of affect. What were the expressive codes and conventions that resonated for the Victorians? And what of the terminology used today in academic discourse to locate, recognize, and describe feeling? ‘The Arts and Feeling’ interrogates such questions in relation to canonical artworks, like John Everett Millais’s Autumn Leaves or William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening Conscience. It investigates the role of feeling in religious visual and material culture, and in John Ruskin’s vision of architecture as an emotional art; it looks at Victorian exhibition culture and the ‘hurried’ nature of aesthetic response, and at women viewing art and the gendering of perception. Vernon Lee offers us ‘historic emotion’, while George Eliot’s The Mill of the Floss makes us think about feeling hungry. Richard Dadd’s Passions series stages interaction between madness, visual culture, and theatricality; and the Aesthetic Movement provides opportunity to reflect on the relationship between art and music and how, together, they both produce and repress emotion.
Kate Flint, ‘Feeling, Affect, Melancholy, Loss: Millais’s Autumn Leaves and the Siege of Sebastopol’
Kate Nichols, ‘Diana or Christ?: Seeing and Feeling Doubt in Late-Victorian Visual Culture’
Sophie Ratcliffe, ‘The Trouble with Feeling Now: Thomas Woolner, Robert Browning, and the Touching Case of Constance and Arthur‘
Lesa Scholl, ‘”For the cake was so pretty”: Tactile Interventions in Taste; or, Having One’s Cake and Eating It in The Mill on the Floss‘
Tim Barringer, ‘Art, Music, and the Emotions in the Aesthetic Movement’
Karen Lisa Burns, ‘The Awakening Conscience: Christian Sentiment, Salvation, and Spectatorship in Mid-Victorian Britain’
Karen Stock, ‘Richard Dadd’s Passions and the Treatment of Insanity’
Katherine Wheeler, ‘”They cannot choose but look”: Ruskin and Emotional Architecture’
Sarah Barnette, ‘Vernon Lee’s Composition of ‘The Virgin of the Seven Daggers’: Historic Emotion and the Aesthetic Life’
Meaghan Clarke, ‘On Tempera and Temperament: Women, Art, and Feeling at the Fin de Siècle
All articles are open-access at: http://www.19.bbk.ac.uk/