Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: On Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane

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9780226262109: Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: On Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane

"A highly original and gripping account of the works of Eakins and Crane. That remarkable combination of close reading and close viewing which Fried uniquely commands is brought to bear on the problematic nature of the making of images, of texts, and of the self in nineteenth-century America."—Svetlana Alpers, University of California, Berkeley

"An extraordinary achievement of scholarship and critical analysis. It is a book distinguished not only for its brilliance but for its courage, its grace and wit, its readiness to test its arguments in tough-minded ways, and its capacity to meet the challenge superbly. . . . This is a landmark in American cultural and intellectual studies."—Sacvan Bercovitch, Harvard University

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Eakins's paintings and Crane's novels, stories, tales, and sketches thus emerge as concerned with intricately analogous issues, a finding that opens surprising perspectives on the coherence of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American cultural production.

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This study by the director of Johns Hopkins University's Humanities Center consists of two lengthy essays offering provocative interpretations of two masters of realism. Fried first examines minutely Eakins's famous The Gross Clinic in terms of explicit and implicit references to the act of writing, a concern Fried finds present in many Eakins compositions. In the second section, Fried focuses on the disturbing images of supine, staring bodies depicted repeatedly in Crane's writings, which, Fried believes, reveal an authorial preoccupation with the process of writing as the act of inscribing signs on paper. Fried's discourse on these thematic tensions raises questions of analysis that will intrigue both art historians and literary critics. Starr E. Smith, Georgetown Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
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