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Pre-Raphaelitism, science and the arts in 'The Germ'

Holmes, J. (2015) Pre-Raphaelitism, science and the arts in 'The Germ'. Victorian Literature and Culture, 43 (4). pp. 689-703. ISSN 1470-1553

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This article demonstrates for the first time how dense the references to science are within the Pre-Raphaelite periodical 'The Germ' (1850). By reading the essays from this magazine together, as they were first published, it is possible to see how thoroughly the Pre-Raphaelites theorised their artistic project in terms of a particular mid-Victorian ideal of science. At the same time, the magazine became a forum in which the question of how far the arts ought to take account of science could be debated. In this debate, the competing visions of Pre-Raphaelitism discussed in Holman Hunt’s later accounts of the movement can be seen emerging at a very early stage in its history.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:37467
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pre-Raphaelitism
Publisher:Cambridge University Press


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