Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices
This chapter provides an overview of the ways in which those in the business of both early and pre-cinematic entertainment often combined literary and visual media in an endeavour to align the moving images on the screen with the moving images scrolling through the minds of their audiences. Echoing an enduring philosophical tradition of enlisting familiar optical devices to materialise the mechanisms of perception, memory, dreams, and associative streams of consciousness, these convergences between literary and popular visual media invited an analogical interplay between reading and viewing. This chapter considers the ways in which this inter-medial reciprocity aligns with a parallel history of the emergence of a modern psychology that was keen to understand and describe the dynamic processes that generate moving images in the mind, including reading, viewing and dreaming.
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