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City of second sight : nineteenth-century Boston and the making of American visual culture / Justin T. Clark.

Author/creator Clark, Justin T., 1977- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2018]
Descriptionpages cm
Contents Ordering Boston's landscape -- Looking past disorder -- Transcending the gallery -- Drawing forth spirits -- Discovering the blind -- Enchanting the city.
Abstract "In the decades before the U.S. Civil War, the city of Boston evolved from a dilapidated, haphazardly planned, and architecturally stagnant provincial town into a booming and visually impressive metropolis. In an effort to remake Boston into the "Athens of America," neighborhoods were leveled, streets straightened, and an ambitious set of architectural ordinances enacted. However, even as residents reveled in a vibrant new landscape of landmark buildings, art galleries, parks, and bustling streets, the social and sensory upheaval of city life also gave rise to a widespread fascination with the unseen. Focusing his analysis between 1820 and 1860, Justin T. Clark traces how the effort to impose moral and social order on the city also inspired many--from Transcendentalists to clairvoyants and amateur artists--to seek out more ethereal visions of the infinite and ideal beyond the gilded paintings and glimmering storefronts"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2017041401
ISBN9781469638720 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN146963872X (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN9781469638737 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN1469638738 (pbk. ; alk. paper)

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