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Spectacle Culture and American Identity 1815-1940,9781137360618

Spectacle Culture and American Identity 1815-1940

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 12/18/2013
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan
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Looking at the emergent industries of spectacle practices in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century mass culture, Spectacle Culture and American Identity investigates the immersive energies of American landscape and history as a fluid scene space. The changing dynamics of the American experience are viewed in relation to the ways entertainment technologies flourishing in spectacle attractions communicate iconic sites and scenes. Arguing the ways in which spectacle immersion enacts an on-going civilian dialogue with landscape, Tenneriello uses a series of case studies featuring panoramas, multimedia performance, theatrical spectacles, exhibition sites, and museum dioramas to trace the country's movement from agrarian to multinational economies.

Author Biography

Susan Tenneriello is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Baruch College, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Setting the Scene
1. Immersive Scenes: Visual Media, Painted Panoramas, and Landscape Narratives
2. Moving Scenes: Multimedia Performance along the Mississippi River
3. Entertainment Scenes: Industrial Strength Brands of Site Specific Spectacle
4. Theme Scenes: Producing Global Strategies on US Exhibition Stages
5. Instructional Scenes: Heritage Preservation, Commerce, and Museum Dioramas
Epilogue: Visionary Spaces

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