publication . Thesis . 2009

The sixth sense : synaesthesia and British aestheticism, 1860-1900

Poueymirou, Margaux Lynn Rosa;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2009
  • Publisher: University of St Andrews
  • Country: United States
Abstract
“The Sixth Sense: Synaesthesia and British Aestheticism 1860-1900” is an interdisciplinary examination of the emergence of synaesthesia conceptually and rhetorically within the ‘art for art’s sake’ movement in mid-to-late Victorian Britain. Chapter One investigates Swinburne’s focal role as both theorist and literary spokesman for the nascent British Aesthetic movement. I argue that Swinburne was the first to practice what Pater meant by ‘aesthetic criticism’ and that synaesthesia played a decisive role in ‘Aestheticising’ critical discourse. Chapter Two examines Whistler’s varied motivations for using synaesthetic metaphor, the way that synaesthesia informed hi...
Subjects
free text keywords: NX165.P7, Synesthesia in art, Art criticism--Great Britain--History--19th century, Aesthetics, Modern--19th century
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