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Every Man His Own Monument [Elektronisk resurs] Self-Monumentalizing in Romantic Britain

Haffenden, Chris (författare)
Lundgren, Frans (preses)
Josephson, Peter (preses)
Matthews, Samantha (opponent)
Uppsala universitet Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet (utgivare)
Publicerad: Uppsala : Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018
Engelska 263
Serie: Uppsala Studies in History of Ideas, 1653-5197 1653-5197
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  • E-bokAvhandling(Diss. Uppsala : Uppsala universitet, 2018)
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  • From framing private homes as museums, to sitting for life masks and appointing biographers, new forms of self-monumentalizing emerged in the early nineteenth century. In this study I investigate the emergence and configuration of such practices in Romantic Britain. Positioning these practices at the intersection of emergent national pantheons, a modern conception of history, and a newly-formed celebrity culture, I argue that this period witnessed the birth of distinctively modern ways for the individual to make immortality. Faced with a visceral fear of being forgotten, public figures began borrowing from celebrity culture to make their own monuments. Concentrated upon early nineteenth-century London, I characterize these practices as attempts at self-made immortality .  I do so by analyzing the legacy projects of three well-known but seldom connected individuals: the Auto-Icon by the philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), the Soane Museum by the architect Sir John Soane (1753–1837), and the life-writing efforts of the painter Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786–1846). Employing both sociological and materialist frameworks to analyze the making of immortality, I contend that these projects were characteristic of a novel regime for the production of lasting renown. Whereas earlier scholarship on Romantic recognition has tended to focus either on mass-media celebrity or the longer history of canon-formation, I highlight the interactions of celebrity and monument embodied in entrepreneurial efforts to secure future recognition. In Every Man His Own Monument , I demonstrate how a constellation of media forms and recording practices we now take for granted—the statuary figure, the house museum, and the published Life —assumed a central place within a new memorial regime. Bringing the historical roots of self-monumentalizing individuals to light, this study contributes to discussions both within the History of Celebrity and Cultural Memory Studies, and to broader debates regarding our Instagram-saturated present. 

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Humanities and the Arts  (hsv)
History and Archaeology  (hsv)
History  (hsv)
Humaniora och konst  (hsv)
Historia och arkeologi  (hsv)
Historia  (hsv)
Idé- och lärdomshistoria  (uu)
History of Sciences and Ideas  (uu)

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Self-monumentalizing
self-made immortality
history of celebrity
cultural memory
historical consciousness
Jeremy Bentham
Auto-Icon
John Soane
Soane Museum
Benjamin Robert Haydon
autobiography
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