Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014
Christina Walter, OPTICAL IMPERSONALITY (2105)

Western accounts of human vision before the nineteenth century tended to separate the bodily eye from the rational mind. This model gave way in the mid–nineteenth century to one in which the thinking subject, perceiving body, perceptual object, and material world could not be so easily separated. Christina Walter explores how this new physiology of vision provoked writers to reconceive the relations among image, text, sight, and subjectivity. Read more at JHUP.