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Victorian glassworlds: glass culture and the imagination by Armstrong, Isobel
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To approximate the Victorian glassworld, and to make legible the semantics of glass in which it was reflected, Armstrong formulates seven theses about its constituents, which make up the major threads of her book. She reads the texts as testimonies to the problematic of the modernist subject whose position and identification become modified by the intrinsic tensions and ambiguities of the glassworld.
What is particularly appealing in this section, apart from the diversity of studied materials from journalistic accounts to private diaries and trade union magazines , is that they make us, as contemporary readers, aware of our own position and point of view, which often preclude our recognition of the ambiguous status of transparency due to modern virtualization of experience.
The reflexivity of glass impels Armstrong to reflect on the questions concerning the agency of looking, the nature of the image reflected and the transformation of the body in glass. Her introduction to the poetics of windows constitutes a background for the reconsideration of the new, glassed metropolitan spaces and artefacts whose political and aesthetic significance she explores.
It is a multifaceted book, the complexity of which — both theoretical and rhetorical — is impressive. This density may be challenging to the reader, but is without doubt greatly inspiring. The book breathes life into the nineteenth century.
These are likewise supported by the paratextual parameters of her book. The innovative structuring of the material and rich literary and visual references turn it into a mine of information on the Victorian era and its visual culture. It is up to us, the readers, to find among its pages the most precious gem, or to pick up a piece of coal and turn it into a crystal.