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Title: Inward worlds : aestheticism and its interiors 1848-1900
Author: Huxtable , Sally-Anne
ISNI:       0000 0004 2739 7167
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is an exploration of concepts of interiority within Victorian Aestheticism. It is concerned with examining the Aesthetic interior in its many manifestations. Throughout my examination of interiority in the second half of the nineteenth century in Britain, an Aesthetic interior may be understood to constitute an imagined interior, as portrayed in the visual or Iiteraryarts, or it can be an actual decorative interior design scheme and realised interior space. Such an interior however can also be formed in less tangible ways such as the interior aesthetic experience of the Aesthete him or herself, along with the inner circles and connections between Aesthetic artists, designers, writers, taste-makers and critics. All of these interiors are the Inward Worlds of this work. It is my intention to examine these interiors of Aestheticism and the ways in which they demonstrate that many of the practitioners of AestheticisU;conceptualised Aesthetic culture as a form of total artwork, which was intended to touch upon, and reform, every aspect of Iife, be it material or spiritual. All of the interiors explored here are interiors of the imagination and I argue that conceptions of interiority are central to our definitions of Aestheticism itself; that Aestheticism was, and is, a world of interiors. These interior worlds were, and are, constituted by notions of both time and space as artistic and intellectual concepts, a complex set of interweavings between interior self, exterior self with interior space and exterior space, and the location of the self and of space within time, as past, present and future. These conceptualisations of time and space which I discuss are specific to Aesthetic thought and are frequently intertwined with notions ora wholesale artistic and spiritual reform of nineteenth-century culture, and, in many cases, the establishment of a utopian future.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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