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Description - The Great Exhibition of 1851 by Louise Purbrick

The Great Exhibition of 1851 has become a touchstone for the 19th century. The Crystal Palace produced a commodity world, an imperial spectacle, a picture of capitalism, a liberal dream, a vision of modern life. Historians have saturated the Great Exhibition with meanings. This collection of essays exposes how meaning has been produced around the Great Exhibition. It contains a series of critical readings of the official and popular historical record of the exhibition. Critics and historians of art, culture, design and literature have been brought together to examine the objects, the images, the documents and the fictions of 1851. Their essays explore the determined use of industrial knowledge, the contested definitions of nation and colony, and the actual control of the space of the Crystal Palace after the Great Exhibition closed. This work presents interpretations of one of the most significant exhibitions in the 19th century and should be useful reading for anyone studying cultural history, design history, art history and literature.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719055928
ISBN-10: 071905592X
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Louise Purbrick

Louise Purbrick is Lecturer in Design History at the University of Brighton

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