Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 August 2017

336 Pages | 50 black & white illustrations, 2 tables

9.44 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9781526118851

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Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects'

Photographic allegories of Victorian identity and empire

First Edition

Jeff Rosen

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Identifies Cameron's 'fancy subjects' as allegorical photographs, demonstrating that they cohere as a whole with clearly defined themes that respond to the photographer's intellectual pursuits of the 1860s and 1870s
  • Analyses Cameron's allegorical photographs as expressions of the photographer's intellectual engagement with the chief literary debates, religious controversies and political disputes of her time
  • Connects Cameron's photographs to the prominent men in her literary and intellectual circle, principally Benjamin Jowett, Thomas Carlyle, George Grote, John Herschel, Henry Taylor and William Brookfield
  • Examines Cameron's photography in relation to political change, including attitudes toward slavery and emigration, colonial insurrections and colonial expansion, and the formation of British national identity

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