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Bewilderments of Vision: Hallucination & Literature, 1880-1914

Bewilderments of Vision: Hallucination & Literature, 1880-1914 (Paperback)

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According to Oscar Wilde, the primary aim of the critic is to see the object as in itself it really is not. Through a series of close and often unusual readings, this book endeavours to develop Wildes remark into a detailed and creative theory of reading. Or perhaps that should be misreading: for, as this experimental work of criticism negotiates its way among the works of a number of late-nineteenth-century writers, particularly Robert Louis Stevenson and Wilde himself, Tearle uncovers some of the ways in which we as readers are prone to hallucinations while reading about, of all things, the experience of hallucination. Focusing in detail on a series of neologisms from writing of the period, such as 'handconscience', 'figmentary', and 'aftersense', and moving between a number of disciplines including literature, criticism, science, psychoanalysis, and even linguistics, Bewilderments of Vision endeavours to answer a number of questions, ranging from the urgent to the downright bizarre: What is the link between hallucination and social conscience in writing of the late-nineteenth century? Is there such a thing as textual hallucination?

Why does the author of this book see a 'snake' that is not there when he 'reads' Jekyll and Hyde?

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyStates of consciousness Publisher: Sussex Academic Press Publication Date: 01/06/2014 ISBN-13: 9781845196776  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Oliver Tearle is a research student at Loughborough University. He has been published in such journals as Notes and Queries and the Modern Language Review, and has contributed to the online Literary Encyclopedia. Future projects include the co-editing (with John Schad) of a volume of creative-critical essays as part of the Critical Inventions series published by Sussex Academic Press (full details of the series available on the Press website).

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