"As a burnt circle": Thomas Hardy's Visible Voices

Corfield Carr, Holly (2018) "As a burnt circle": Thomas Hardy's Visible Voices. In: Excavating Modernity. Studies for the International Society for Cultural History (1). Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 26-41. ISBN 978-1-138-31776-5

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Following the 1896 publication of photographer and chemist Raphael Eduard Liesegang’s research into the formation of concentric rings in silver nitrate solution, this chapter examines the emergence of circular and centrifugal patterns in the visual imagination at the turn of the twentieth century, radiating outwards from Liesegang rings, back to the blue-eyed gaze of Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge’s “self-made” blotting paper patterns and Margaret Watts Hughes’s “voice figures” drawn in striations of sand, and ahead to toroidal models of time in Thomas Hardy’s poetry. Through close reading of Hardy’s elegiac sequence “Poems of 1912–1913,” this chapter proposes the visible voices of Hardy’s genii loci are to be considered less the inheritors of the topographical tradition but more material articulations of deep time, preparing the ground for the mid-twentieth-century emergence of site-specific land art and performance.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: thomas hardy,poetry,geology,margaret watts hughes
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2023 11:31
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2023 11:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91290
DOI: 10.4324/9780429454967-3

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