Dandyism, Gender and Performance in the Fin de Siecle
By (author) Rhonda K. Garelick
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Rising Star by Rhonda K. Garelick
Book DescriptionCelebrity personalities, who reign over much of our cultural landscape, owe their fame not to specific deeds but to the ability to project a distinct personal image, to create an icon of the self. Rising Star is a fascinating look at the roots of this particular form of celebrity. Here Rhonda Garelick locates a prototype of the star personality in the dandies and aesthete literary figures of the nineteenth century, including Beau Brummell, Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Oscar Wilde, and explores their peculiarly charged relationship with women and performance. When fin-de-siecle aesthetes turned their attention to the new, "feminized" spectacle of mass culture, Garelick argues, they found a disturbing female counterpart to their own highly staged personae. She examines the concept of the broadcasted self-image in literary works as well as in such unwritten cultural texts as the choreography and films of dancer Loie Fuller, the industrialized spectacles of European World Fairs, and the cultural performances taking place today in fields ranging from entertainment to the academy. Recent dandy-like figures such as the artist formerly known as Prince, Madonna, Jacques Derrida, and Jackie O. all share a legacy provided by the encounter between "high" and early mass culture. Garelick's analysis of this encounter covers a wide range of topics, from the gender complexity of the European male dandy and the mechanization of the female body to Orientalist performance, the origins of cinema, and the emergence of "crowd" theory and mass politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691048697
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 29-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Rising from a small-time vaudeville career in the States, Loie Fuller attained international celebrity as a dancer, inventor, and one of the first women filmmakers in the world. This book demonstrates that Fuller was an artist of great psychological, emotional, and sexual expressiveness whose work illuminates the centrality of dance to modernism.
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