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The Great Exhibition of 1851
New Interdisciplinary Essays
Louise Purbrick  

$38.95 Paperback
Release Date: 10/1/2001
ISBN: 9780719055928    

220 Pages

Canadian rights only
Distributed for Manchester University Press


About the Book

The Great Exhibition of 1851 has become a touchstone for the nineteenth 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.

The Great Exhibition of 1851 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.

About the Author(s)

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

Table of Contents

1. The accumulation of knowledge or, William Whewell's eye - Steve Edwards
2. An industrial vision: the promotion of technical drawing in mid-Victorian Britain - Rafael Cardoso Denis
3. Entrepreneurship and the artisans: John Cassell, the Great Exhibition and the periodical idea - Brian Maidment
4. An appropriated space: the Great Exhibition, the Crystal Palace and the working classes - Peter Gurney
5. The Official Catalogue of the Great Exhibition: progress, political economy, imperialism - Louise Purbrick
6. Narrating the subcontinent in 1851: India at the Crystal Palace - Lara Kriegel
7. Thackeray and Punch at the Great Exhibition: authority and ambivalence in verbal and visual caricatures - Richard Pearson
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