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Spectacular Realities

Author: Vanessa R. Schwartz
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520221680
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"An exciting, innovative, and significant work. The author points to how the crowd experience transcended class and gender divisions and was transformed from acts of collective violence into acts of collective consumption."—Michael B. Miller, author of Shanghai on the Métro

Todesbildlichkeit Und Compassio In Flauberts Werk

Author: Sabine Weber
Publisher: Verlag Wilhelm Fink
ISBN: 3846763683
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Zeitlebens beschäftigt sich der Romancier Gustave Flaubert intensiv mit Denk- und Vorstellungsformen von Endlichkeit und Abschied. In seinem literarischen Werk setzt er dem Tod, der radikalen Sinnvernichtung, ein Kunstwerk entgegen, das sich in der ästhetischen Überformung des toten weiblichen Körpers zeigt. Wie auf einer Schaubühne ist der Leichnam Emma Bovarys hinter Vorhängen aufgebahrt. Eine kalte Aura umgibt das Todestableau der karthagischen Prinzessin Salammbô. Die kühle Darstellungsform des Flaubertschen Erzählers erscheint ohne Mitleid. Flauberts Romanfiguren beklagen den Tod im leeren Pathos, in verstellten Trauergebärden, die an ein Schauspiel erinnern. Kulturelle Formen des Abschieds und des Angedenkens werden als scheinhafte Inszenierungen aufgedeckt. An ihre Stelle rückt eine unheimliche Todesvergegenwärtigung in Form eines schwarzen Abgrunds, in dem die Grenzen des Sicht- und Vorstellbaren gesprengt sind und aus dem der Künstler selbst schöpft.

Die Republik Im Zwielicht

Author: Daniela Kneißl
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3486849204
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Die Republik als Ort der lumières: Dieser Mythos durchzieht die Geschichte des republikanischen Bewusstseins im Frankreich des 19. Jahrhunderts wie ein roter Faden. Vor allem die oppositionelle Bildpublizistik stellte die Lichtnatur der Republik und ihren Kampf gegen die "finsteren" Mächte der Reaktion in immer neuen Facetten dar. Doch auch mit der Konsolidierung der Dritten Republik nach 1870 brach die lang ersehnte "Epoche des Lichts" keineswegs sofort an, umso weniger, als die Republik selbst ihrer Rolle als Lichtbringerin keineswegs immer gerecht wurde. Daniela Kneißl untersucht erstmals, wie die Metaphern "Licht" und "Finsternis" zwischen 1871 und 1914 politische, kulturelle und soziale Konflikte visualisierten, und unterstreicht die vielschichtigen Verknüpfungen von metaphorischer Lichterwartung, technischem Lichtfortschritt und faktischem Lichtbedürfnis.


Author: Ruth Harris
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 9781429958028
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The definitive history of the infamous scandal that shook a nation and stunned the world In 1894, Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was wrongfully convicted of being a spy for Germany and imprisoned on Devil's Island. Over the following years, attempts to correct this injustice tore France apart, inflicting wounds on the society which have never fully healed. But how did a fairly obscure miscarriage of justice come to break up families in bitterness, set off anti-Semitic riots across the French empire, and nearly trigger a coup d'état? How did a violently reactionary, obscurantist attitude become so powerful in a country that saw itself as the home of enlightenment? Why did the battle over a junior army officer occupy the foremost writers and philosophers of the age, from Émile Zola to Marcel Proust, Émile Durkheim, and many others? What drove the anti-Dreyfusards to persist in their efforts even after it became clear that much of the prosecution's evidence was faked? Drawing upon thousands of previously unread and unconsidered sources, prizewinning historian Ruth Harris goes beyond the conventional narrative of truth loving democrats uniting against proto-fascists. Instead, she offers the first in-depth history of both sides in the Affair, showing how complex interlocking influences—tensions within the military, the clashing demands of justice and nationalism, and a tangled web of friendships and family connections—shaped both the coalition working to free Dreyfus and the formidable alliances seeking to protect the reputation of the army that had convicted him. Sweeping and engaging, Dreyfus offers a new understanding of one of the most contested and significant moments in modern history.

Fandom Authenticity And Opera

Author: A. Fishzon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137023457
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In Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, printed literature and performances - from celebrity narratives and opera fandom to revolutionary acts and political speeches - frequently articulated extreme emotional states and passionate belief. A uniquely intense approach to public life and private expression - the 'melodramatic imagination' - is at the center of this study. Previously, scholars have only indirectly addressed the everyday appropriation of melodramatic aesthetics in Russia, choosing to concentrate on canonical texts and producers of mass culture. Collective fantasies and affects are daunting objects of study, difficult to render, and almost impossible to prove empirically. Music and art historians, with some notable exceptions, have been reluctant to discuss reception for similar reasons. By analyzing the artifacts and practices of a commercialized opera culture, author Anna Fishzon provides a solution to these challenges. Her focus on celebrity and fandom as features of the melodramatic imagination helps illuminate Russian modernity and provides the groundwork for comparative studies of fin-de-siècle European popular and high culture, selfhood, authenticity, and political theater.

Murder In Parisian Streets

Author: Thomas Cragin
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 9780838755792
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The canards were cheap broadsheets and booklets that most often reported sensations, particularly murders. Made by members of the working and lower-middle classes and sold with great success to a vast and diverse audience, the canards deeply influenced and appealed to popular understandings of crime and punishment. Despite their importance in their day and their value to cultural studies, historians have paid them scant attention. In Murder in Parisian Streets Thomas Cragin provides an in-depth study of the production, sale, and content of the canards. He demonstrates their significance to nineteenth-century culture, even their role in determining the emerging tabloid's success. Cragin explores the incremental creation of textual meaning in the canards' authorship, production, distribution, and consumption. He exposes the power of oral traditions as well as modern marketing at work upon this popular news literature. The canards challenge our assumptions about the nineteenth century's revolution in print and reorient our understanding of cultural creation through textual construction.

Sensational Subjects

Author: John Jervis
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472535642
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Under what conditions does 'sensation' become 'sensational'? In the early nineteenth century murder was a staple of the sensationalizing popular press and gruesome descriptions were deployed to make a direct impact on the sensations of the reader. By the end of the century, public concern with the thrills, spills, and shocks of modern life was increasingly articulated in the language of sensation. Media sensationalism contributed to this process and magnified its impact, just as sensation was, in turn, taken up by literature, art and film. In the contemporary world the dramatization of these experiences in an era of media panics over terrorism and paedophilia has taken an overtly melodramatic form, in which battles of good and evil play out across the landscapes of our lives. Sensational Subjects develops an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to exploring these themes, their impact and their implications for understanding the modern world. A companion volume, Sympathetic Sentiments: Affect, Emotion and Spectacle in the Modern World is published simultaneously by Bloomsbury.

Film Sequels

Author: Carolyn Jess-Cooke
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748689478
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A study of sequel production within recent Hollywood and beyond in terms of its industrial, cultural and global implications.

Fashion Work And Politics In Modern France

Author: S. Zdatny
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 140398445X
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This history of coiffure in modern France illuminates a host of important twentieth-century issues: the course of fashion, the travails of small business in a modern economy, the complexities of labour reform, the failure of the Popular Front, the temptations of Pétainism, all accompanied by a parade of waves, chignons, and curls.

Embodied Utopias

Author: Amy Bingaman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134537565
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Utopia has become a dirty word in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global public and private spaces. The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered body is the crux of the hopes and disappointments of modern urban and suburban utopias of the Americas, Europe and Asia. They reassess utopian projects - masculinist, feminist, colonialist, progressive - of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; they survey the dystopian landscapes of the present; and they gesture at the potential for an embodied approach to the urban future, to the changing spaces of cities and virtual landscapes.