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Dynamic reflections: mirrors in the poetic and visual culture of Paris from 1850 to 1900

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This thesis explores the transformation of the mirror’s symbolic role in the poetry and visual art of late nineteenth-century Paris. For centuries the mirror has been associated with both truth and artifice, whether in religion, popular culture, art, or theories of aesthetics. In the context of nineteenth-century literature, M. H. Abrams uses the mirror to represent the age-old idea of the artist as an objective reflector of the world, juxtaposing this with the nineteenth-century notion of...

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modlang
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University of Oxford

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