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Author Briefel, Aviva

Title The deceivers : art forgery and identity in the nineteenth century / Aviva Briefel
Published Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, ©2006


Description 1 online resource (xi, 243 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : the golden age of forgery -- Imperfect doubles : the forger and the copyist -- Intimate detections : connoisseurs, forgers, and the thing between them -- Restorations : cultural authority and the life of objects -- Real sons of Abraham : Jewish art dealers and the traffic in fakes -- Paste and pearls : drawing the boundaries of female identity -- Conclusion : magic tricks
Summary The nineteenth century witnessed an unprecedented increase in art forgery, caused both by the advent of national museums and by a rapidly growing bourgeois interest in collecting objects from the past. This rise had profound repercussions on notions of selfhood and national identity within and outside the realm of art. Although art critics denounced forgery for its affront to artistic traditions, they were fascinated by its power to shape the human and object worlds and adopted a language of art forgery to articulate a link between the making of fakes and the making of selves. The Deceivers explores the intersections among artistic crime, literary narrative, and the definition of identity. Literary texts joined more specialized artistic discourses in describing the various identities associated with art forgery: the forger, the copyist, the art expert, the dealer, the restorer. Built into new characters were assumptions about gender, sexuality, race, and nationality that themselves would come to be presented in a language of artistic authenticity. Aviva Briefel places special emphasis on the gendered distinction between male forgers and female copyists. "Copying," a benign occupation when undertaken by a woman, became "forgery," laden with criminal intent, when performed by men. Those who could successfully produce, handle, or detect spurious things and selves were distinguished from others who were incapable of distinguishing the authentic from the artistic and human forgeries. Through close reading of literary narratives such as Trilby and The Marble Faun as well as newspaper accounts of forgery scandals, The Deceivers reveals the identities-both authentic and fake-that emerged from the Victorian culture of forgery
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-231) and index
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Subject Forgery in literature.
Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature.
Authenticity (Philosophy) in literature.
Fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Art -- Forgeries -- History -- 19th century
Art and society -- History -- 19th century
ART -- History -- Romanticism.
Art and society
Art -- Forgeries
Authenticity (Philosophy) in literature
Forgery in literature
Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature
Literatuur (fictie en non-fictie)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781501726873