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Gaslight : Lantern Slides from the Nineteenth Century (Paperback) (Joachim Kalka)

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"In this sparkling essay collection, Joachim Kalka delves into the mythos of the nineteenth century, exploring our fascination with its "auratic gaslight," its mingling of romanticism and modernity, enlightenment and darkness. "To gaze back at the nineteenth century is to confront an era which. easily inspires a kind of sentimental scorn. And yet in this era's depths lie all the things that grin at us today with the Medusa's gaze of the unsolvable problem." Here we find the roots of our contemporary preoccupations: gender roles and sexuality, terrorism and technology, mad scientists and serial killers, kitsch and commodification. With wit and erudition, Kalka musters a wealth of (pop) cultural references to draw illuminating connections betweenSchiller and the surveillance state, Balzac and Billy Wilder, Mickey Mouse and the arms race, the cake fights of Laurel and Hardy and the wedding cake of Madame Bovary. With a keen feel for buried tensions and ironies, he probes the suppressed biography of Wagner's Brunnhilde, or such grotesque historical phenomena as the symbiosis between anti-Semitism and German gemutlichkeit. Kalka brings the nineteenth century to life with all its contradictions, aspirations, and absurdities, inviting us to reexamine that era and our own, and the stories we tell ourselves about history"--
Number of Pages: 233
Genre: History, Literary Collections
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Joachim Kalka
Language: English
Street Date: June 6, 2017
TCIN: 51555714
UPC: 9781681371184
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-1451
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