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Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects'Photographic allegories of Victorian identity and empire$
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Jeff Rosen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993177

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993177.001.0001

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Saint-Pierre’s exiles: myths of origins and national identity

Saint-Pierre’s exiles: myths of origins and national identity

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Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects'

Jeff Rosen

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the colonial context of Cameron’s practice as a photographer, examining her first important fancy subject, Paul and Virginia, the title of a Romantic novel by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. The chapter explains the novel’s impact and analyzes its importance to Thomas Carlyle, whose publications declared England an “Anglo-Saxon home,” and to Cameron and her circle, who understood the image as a metaphor for the mythic origins of British national identity.

Keywords:   Anglo-Saxon, Paul and Virginia, Colonial, National identity, Mauritius, Ceylon, Civilizing mission, Emigration

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