Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century?: Essays on Art and Modernity, 1850-1900
By: Andre Dombrowski (author), Hollis Clayson (author)Hardback
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"Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century?" The question that guides this volume stems from Walter Benjamin's studies of nineteenth-century Parisian culture as the apex of capitalist aesthetics. Thirteen scholars test Benjamin's ideas about the centrality of Paris, formulated in the 1930s, from a variety of methodological perspectives. Many investigate the underpinnings of the French capital's reputation and mythic force, which was based largely upon the city's capacity to put itself on display. Some of the authors reassess the famed centrality of Paris from the vantage point of our globalized twenty-first century by acknowledging its entanglements with South Africa, Turkey, Japan, and the United States. The volume equally studies a broader range of media than Benjamin did himself: from modernist painting and printmaking, photography, and illustration to urban planning. The essays conclude that Paris did in many ways function as the epicenter of modernity's international reach, especially in the years from 1850 to 1900, but did so only as a consequence of the idiosyncratic force of its mythic image.
Above all, the essays affirm that the study of late nineteenth-century Paris still requires nimble and innovative approaches commensurate with its legend and global aura.
Hollis Clayson is Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History, Northwestern University, USA. Andre Dombrowski is Associate Professor in History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Contents List of Figures Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Hollis Clayson and Andre Dombrowski SECTION I: MODERNITY Introduction by Andre Dombrowski 1 Architecture's Capital? Revisiting Benjamin's Paris Charles Rice 2 How Haussmann's Hegemony Haunted the Early Third Republic Peter Soppelsa 3 The Guillotine Sublime Marc Gotlieb 4 Victorine's Secret: Baudelaire and the Ambiguity of Commodities Paul Smith 5 A Laughter of the Look: Manet, Mallarme, Polichinelle, and the Salon Jury in 1874 Margaret Werth SECTION II: GEOGRAPHY Introduction by Hollis Clayson 6 Revisiting the 1860s: Race and Place in Cape Town and Paris Tamar Garb 7 Osman Hamdi Bey and Ottoman Aestheticism Mary Roberts 8 Paris, Japan, and Modernity: A Vexed Ratio Ting Chang 9 White City vs. La Ville lumiere: Electrical Displays at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago (1893) Helene Valance SECTION III: CIRCULATION Introduction by Hollis Clayson 10 Manet and the Multiple Anne Higonnet 11 Gesture, Pose, Practice: Charles Negre and the Image of Instantaneity Jacob W. Lewis 12 Living on Manet's Balcony, or the Right to Privacy Andre Dombrowski 13 Mary Cassatt's Lamp Hollis Clayson Afterword Hollis Clayson and Andre Dombrowski Further Reading Index
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