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The Resource Gaslight : lantern slides from the nineteenth century, Joachim Kalka ; translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole

Gaslight : lantern slides from the nineteenth century, Joachim Kalka ; translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole

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Gaslight : lantern slides from the nineteenth century
Title
Gaslight
Title remainder
lantern slides from the nineteenth century
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Joachim Kalka ; translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
"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 between Schiller 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"--
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Kalka, Joachim
Dewey number
809/.034
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no index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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1973-
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Cole, Isabel Fargo
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New York Review Books
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  • Literature and society
  • Civilization, Modern
  • HISTORY
  • LITERARY COLLECTIONS
  • HISTORY
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Literature and society
  • Literatur
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Gaslight : lantern slides from the nineteenth century, Joachim Kalka ; translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-233)
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nc
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
"The true unity is given by the police" -- If only we could stop for a moment, or : "Der world iss not yet ready for mine invention" -- Last Chance Saloon : reflections on Balzac's A woman of thirty -- Goethe was not a good German : remembering Wolfgang Menzel -- "I lie in fetters forged by me" : Wagner's contradiction-crossed plan for the Valkyrie -- Max Eyth and the specter of technology -- Universal or particular? : Proust and the Dreyfus affair -- Two gastronomic vignettes from the nineteenth century -- Gaslight, fog, Jack the Ripper -- The bomb : what a beautiful breach in the world! -- Bucolic anti-semitism : a commentary
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ocn967774959
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
233 pages
Isbn
9781681371184
Lccn
2016054317
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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unspecified
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(OCoLC)967774959
Label
Gaslight : lantern slides from the nineteenth century, Joachim Kalka ; translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-233)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"The true unity is given by the police" -- If only we could stop for a moment, or : "Der world iss not yet ready for mine invention" -- Last Chance Saloon : reflections on Balzac's A woman of thirty -- Goethe was not a good German : remembering Wolfgang Menzel -- "I lie in fetters forged by me" : Wagner's contradiction-crossed plan for the Valkyrie -- Max Eyth and the specter of technology -- Universal or particular? : Proust and the Dreyfus affair -- Two gastronomic vignettes from the nineteenth century -- Gaslight, fog, Jack the Ripper -- The bomb : what a beautiful breach in the world! -- Bucolic anti-semitism : a commentary
Control code
ocn967774959
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
233 pages
Isbn
9781681371184
Lccn
2016054317
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
unspecified
System control number
(OCoLC)967774959

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