Blackwood, Sarah,

The portrait's subject : inventing inner life in the nineteenth-century United States / Sarah Blackwood. - 1 online resource. - JSTOR eBooks Studies in United States culture . - Studies in United States culture. .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

In the portrait gallery of American literature -- Face: Hepzibah's scowl -- Head: writing the African American portrait -- Limbs: postbellum portraiture and the mind-body problem -- Mind/brain: the physiognomy of consciousness -- Bones: the x-ray and the inert body -- Selfie nation.

"Between the invention of photography in 1839 and the end of the nineteenth century, portraiture became one of the most popular and common art forms in the United States. ... images of human surfaces became understood as expressions of human depth during this era. Combining visual theory, literary close reading, and in-depth archival research, Blackwood examines portraiture's changing symbolic and aesthetic practices, from daguerreotype to X-ray. Considering painting, photography, illustration, and other visual forms alongside literary and cultural representations of portrait making and viewing, Blackwood argues that portraiture was a provocative art form used by writers, artists, and early psychologists to imagine selfhood as hidden, deep, and in need of revelation, ideas that were then taken up by the developing discipline of psychology"--

9781469652610 1469652617

22573/ctvftrg3n JSTOR


Portraits, American.
Identity (Psychology) in art.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Psychology and art.


Electronic books.

N7593 / .B57 2019

704.9/42