(Special issue on Intimacy) Introduction: ‘Intimacy, the Nineteenth-century Outsider’

Claire Moran, Apolline Malevez

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Abstract

This introductory article gives an overview of the history and culture of intimacy in nineteenth-century art, architecture and literature, and discusses key theories and concepts. It explains how through a re-imagination of the potentialities of ‘intimacy’, nineteenth-century writers, artists and architects expressed the lived realities and the philosophical and aesthetic concerns of a rapidly changing society. It raises key questions surrounding the complexities, contradictions and paradoxes of intimacy in the nineteenth-century and reveal its relevance as an analytical and conceptual tool in order to explore the hidden spaces of French and Belgian modernity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 91-98
Number of pages8
JournalDix-Neuf
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2021

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This introductory article gives an overview of the history and culture of intimacy in nineteenth-century art, architecture and literature, and discusses key theories and concepts. It explains how through a re-imagination of the potentialities of ‘intimacy’, nineteenth-century writers, artists and architects expressed the lived realities and the philosophical and aesthetic concerns of a rapidly changing society. It raises key questions surrounding the complexities, contradictions and paradoxes of intimacy in the nineteenth-century and reveal its relevance as an analytical and conceptual tool in order to explore the hidden spaces of French and Belgian modernity.

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