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Author Schwartz, Vanessa R.

Title Spectacular realities : early mass culture in fin-de-siècle Paris / Vanessa R. Schwartz
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 230 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Introduction -- Setting the stage: the boulevard, the press and the framing of everyday life -- Public visits to the morgue: Flânerie in the service of the state -- The Musée Grévin: museum and newspaper in one -- Representing reality and the o-rama craze -- From Journal Plastique to Journal Lumineux: early cinema and spectacular reality -- Conclusion
Summary "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."--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-221) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Musée Grévin (Paris)
Popular culture -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century
Leisure industry -- France -- Paris
Spectacular, The -- Government policy -- France -- Paris
Leisure industry
Popular culture
Spectacular, The -- Government policy
Populaire cultuur.
Fin de siècle.
Culture populaire -- France -- Paris (France) -- 19e siècle.
Loisirs -- Industrie -- France -- Paris (France)
Culture de masse -- France -- Paris (France)
Cinéma -- 1895-1929 -- France -- Paris (France)
Faits divers -- Sociologie.
France -- Civilization -- 19th century
France -- Paris
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 97002201
ISBN 9780520924208