"Visual Delights: II Exhibition and Reception" is an international anthology of papers taken from the successful second Visual Delights conference held at the University of Sheffield in 2002. It brings together a rich vein of material covering many aspects of popular and visual culture in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period. Interdisciplinary in approach, it includes essays on nineteenth century circus performers, early cinema exhibition practice, 'penny dreadfuls', lantern culture, early colour experiments and popular photography. With essays from internationally renowned historians in the fields of early cinema, art history, performance, photography and theatre studies, it offers a wealth of significant new material and demonstrates a variety of approaches to this rich material. The book is lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs, posters, magic lantern slides and engravings and provides a rich visual resource for the further study of nineteenth century visual culture and performance practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Vanessa Toulmin & Simon Popple; Vision and touch, photography and women's popular culture in the nineteenth century - Patrizia Di Bello; Joseph Burton Wallett (1835-1916): The life of a travelling photographic artist - Anne Hartley; Cheap fiction, popular periodicals and early film dramas: Some continuities and exchanges - Gerry Turvey; 4. Popular sensations: Institutional modernity and The long strike - Joe Kember; 5. Trilby's community of sensation - Kaveh Askari; 6. Dead babies: Representations of infant mortality before the First World War - Ine van Dooren & Amy Sargeant; 7. The neo-institutionalisation of cinema as a new medium - Andre Gaudreault & Philippe Marion; 8. The May Irwin kiss: Performance and the beginnings of cinema - Charles Musser; 9. 'What the Vicar saw' or 'The kiss in the park' - David Williams;10. Viewing deadly targets for feminine identity: Alar, the Human Arrow - Peta Tait; 11. Early political film in Britain - Alan Burton; 12. Punch ad the lantern slide industry - Helen Walasek; 13. Skylights onto infinity ...: The world in a stereoscope - William Merrin; 14. Optical recreations, transparencies and the invention of the screen - John Plunkett; 15. Biologiska Museet: A habitat panorama in late nineteenth-century Stockholm - John Fullerton & Elaine King; 16. The Brighton School and the quest for natural colour - Luke McKernan; 17. The sensation of the century: Robert Paul and film exhibition in Brighton in 1896/7 - Frank Gray; 18. Film and postcards - cross media symbiosis in early Bamforth films - Richard Brown
Vanessa Toulmin is Research Director of the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield Library. Co-founder of both Visual Delights and the Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture. Simon Popple is Senior lecturer in Cinema and is attached to the Louis Le Prince Research Centre for Film, Photography and Television at the University of Leeds. Also is co-founder of both Visual Delights and the Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture.