Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life

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Leo Charney, Vanessa R. Schwartz
University of California Press, 1995 - History - 409 pages
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Casting aside the traditional conception of film as an outgrowth of photography, theater, and the novel, the essays in this volume reassess the relationship between the emergence of film and the broader culture of modernity. Contributors, leading scholars in film and cultural studies, link the popularity of cinema in the late nineteenth century to emerging cultural phenomena such as window shopping, mail-order catalogs, and wax museums.
 

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Contents

q BODIES AND SENSATION
15
Manet and the Attentive Observer in
46
Modernity Hyperstimulus and the Rise of Popular Sensationalism
72
q CIRCULATION AND CONSUMER DESIRE
103
The Promotion of Womens Pleasure
130
Representation and Consumer
156
Panoramic Literature and the Invention of Everyday Genres
227
The Public Taste
297
Looking into the NineteenthCentury
320
CONTRIBUTORS
403
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Leo Charney is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iowa and Vanessa R. Schwartz is Assistant Professor of History at The American University in Washington, D.C.

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