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The accumulation of knowledge or, William Whewell's eye

Edwards, Stephen (2001). The accumulation of knowledge or, William Whewell's eye. In: Purbrick, Louise ed. The Great Exhibition of 1851: New Interdisciplinary Essays. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 26–52.

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This essay focuses on a Punch cartoon and article on the 1851 exhibition by a leading scientific intellectual of the time. It centres on the exhibition as a site for the emergence of middle-class expertise. In particular, it is concerned with the production of a disembodied viewer as objective witness. While it does draw on archival work, it is an inventive piece of reading and methodological speculation.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 0-7190-5591-1, 978-0-7190-5591-1
Keywords: Great Exhibition, Punch, William Whewell, middle class
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 8018
Depositing User: Stephen Edwards
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:01
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