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The real thing : imitation and authenticity in American culture, 1880-1940.

Author: Miles Orvell
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014] ©1989
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Twenty-fifth Anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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In this classic study of the relationship between technology and culture, Miles Orvell demonstrates that the roots of contemporary popular culture reach back to the Victorian era, when mechanical replications of familiar objects reigned supreme and realism dominated artistic representation. Reacting against this genteel culture of imitation, a number of artists and intellectuals at the turn of the century were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miles Orvell
ISBN: 9781469615363 1469615363
OCLC Number: 876000088
Notes: This edition has new preface by author.
Description: xxviii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface to the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Part 1. The condition of future development. Chapter 1. Whitman's transformed eye --
Part 2. A culture of imitation. Introduction ; Chapter 2. A hieroglyphic world : the furnishing of identity in Victorian culture ; Chapter 3. Photography and the artifice of realism ; Chapter 4. The romance of the real --
Part 3. Inventing authenticity. Introduction ; Chapter 5. The real thing and the machine-made world ; Chapter 6. The camera and the verification of fact ; Chapter 7. Not "realism" but reality itself --
Epilogue: The dump is full of images --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.

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