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Fairground attractions : a genealogy of the pleasure ground

Author: Deborah Philips
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The study investigates the cultural production of the visual iconography of popular pleasure grounds from the eighteenth century pleasure garden to the contemporary theme park. Deborah Philips identifies the literary genres, including fairy tale, gothic horror, Egyptiana and the Western which are common to carnival sites, tracing their historical transition across a range of media to become familiar icons of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Philips
ISBN: 9781849664912 1849664919
OCLC Number: 730404400
Description: xi, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pleasure gardens, great exhibitions and wonderlands: a genealogy of the carnival site --
Illustrations and innovations: the metonymic icons of the carnival --
Mickey Mouse chivalry: chivalric romance --
Fairy tale romance --
Monsters, murders and vampires: the gothic tradition --
The riddles of the sphinx: Egyptomania --
Boy's own stories: explorer heroes --
Treasure islands and blue lagoons --
Future imperfect: science and technology --
Constructing the frontier: the Western --
Consuming the west: Main Street, USA.
Responsibility: Deborah Philips.

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"The study investigates the cultural production of the visual iconography of popular pleasure grounds from the eighteenth century pleasure garden to the contemporary theme park. Deborah Philips identifies the literary genres, including fairy tale, gothic horror, Egyptiana and the Western which are common to carnival sites, tracing their historical transition across a range of media to become familiar icons of popular culture. Though the bricolage of narratives and imagery found in the contemporary leisure zone has been read by many as emblematic of postmodern culture, the author argues that the clash of genres and stories is less a consequence of postmodern pastiche than it is the result of a history and popular tradition of conventionalised iconography."--Publisher description.

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