On Flinching: Theatricality and Scientific Looking from Darwin to Shell-shock by Tiffany Watt-Smith (Hardback, 2014)

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It was not their laboratory machines who these scientific observers most closely resembled, but the self-consciously emotional theatrical audiences of the period. In turn, it suggests that by exploring the ways recoiling, shrinking and wincing becoming paradigmatic spectatorial gestures in this period, we can understand the ways Victorians thought about looking as itself an emotional and gestured performance.
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