Spectacular Realities by Vanessa R. Schwartz
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Spectacular Realities
By Vanessa R. Schwartz

Spectacular Realities

Early Mass Culture in Fin-de-Siecle Paris

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Spectacular Realities by Vanessa R. Schwartz

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During the second half of the nineteenth century, Paris emerged as the entertainment capital of the world. The sparkling redesigned city fostered a culture of energetic crowd-pleasing and multi-sensory amusements that would apprehend and represent real life as spectacle. Vanessa R. Schwartz examines the explosive popularity of such phenomena as the boulevards, the mass press, public displays of corpses at the morgue, wax museums, panoramas, and early film. Drawing on a wide range of written and visual materials, including private and business archives, and working at the intersections of art history, literature, and cinema studies, Schwartz argues that "spectacular realities" are part of the foundation of modern mass society. She refutes the notion that modern life produced an unending parade of distractions leading to alienation, and instead suggests that crowds gathered not as dislocated spectators but as members of a new kind of crowd, one united in pleasure rather than protest.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520221680
ISBN-10: 0520221680
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 243
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 21-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Modern France: A Very Short Introduction by Vanessa R. Schwartz Modern France: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (October 2011)

A lively and informative short volume that shows that France is not a faded glory but rather a place that has defined and shaped the key issues of our contemporary world.

It's So French! by Vanessa R. Schwartz It's So French!, Paperback (December 2007)

Explores the affinity between the French and American film industries, breaking down myths of American imperialism and French cultural protectionism. This book illuminates the vital role that cinema has played in the globalization of culture. It also probes the profitable influences that Hollywood and Paris exerted on each other.

Nineteenth Century Visual Culture Reader by Vanessa R. Schwartz Nineteenth Century Visual Culture Reader, Paperback (July 2004)

Exploring photographs, exhibitions and advertising, this text suggests that "modernity" rather than "modernism" is a valuable way of understanding the changes particular to the visual culture of the time. It investigates the variety of 19th-century images, technologies and visual experiences, stressing the consciousness of vision and visuality.

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Author Biography - Vanessa R. Schwartz

Vanessa R. Schwartz is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern California and coeditor of Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life (California, 1995).

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