Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 March 2013

232 Pages | 32 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719055928

Bookseller Code (06)


The Great Exhibition of 1851

Louise Purbrick

Published by Manchester University Press

Texts in Culture MUP

  • The Crystal Palace of 1851 produced a commodity world and an imperial spectacle
  • Historians have saturated the Great Exhibition with meanings
  • This book explores the legacy
  • Critics and historians of art, culture, design and literature have been brought together to examine the objects, the images, the documents and the fictions
  • Presents new interpretations of one of the most significant exhibitions in the nineteenth century and will be essential reading for anyone studying cultural history, design history, art history and literature
  • A key text in the interdisciplinary analysis of the nineteenth century
  • A clear and fluent introduction provides an essential historiography of the Great Exhibition of 1851 for students of the nineteenth century
  • Broadens the scope of Great Exhibition studies through essays that encompass the Victorian periodical press and Radical newspapers, the uses and meaning of space of the Crystal Palace at both Hyde Park and Sydenham
  • Offers different theoretical strategies through which to understand the mid-nineteenth century cultures of class and empire manifest at the Great Exhibition

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