During the nineteenth century, Britain became the first gaslit society, with electric lighting arriving in 1878. At the same time, the British government significantly expanded its power to observe and monitor its subjects. How did such enormous changes in the way people saw and were seen affect Victorian culture? To answer that question, Chris Otter mounts an ambitious history of illumination and vision in Britain, drawing on extensive research into everything from the science of perception and lighting technologies to urban design and government administ
Frontmatter Contents Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: Light, Vision, and Power 1. The Victorian Eye: The Physiology, Sociology, and Spatiality of Vision, 1800-1900 2. Oligoptic Engineering: Light and the Victorian City 3. The Age of Inspectability: Vision, Space, and the Victorian City 4. The Government of Light: Gasworks, Gaslight, and Photometry 5. Technologies of Illumination, 1870-1910 6. Securing Perception: Assembling Electricity Networks Conclusion: Patterns of Perception Notes Bibliography Index
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