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Spectacle Culture and American Identity 1815–1940

Authors: Tenneriello, S.

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Scenic spectacles collapse the borders of graphic and visual arts, multimedia technology, spectatorship and architecture. Drawing upon various systems of commercial, institutional and public spectacle that intersect with scenic stages of the national landscape, Tenneriello examines how spectacle is entrenched in the formation of national identity.

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

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"In Spectacle Culture and American Identity, Susan Tenneriello examines how the drama of nation captures the mind's eye and infuses the political, social, and economic landscape, moving and static. The constructed spectacle idea and image that is America became pervasive, but the panoramic vision of America the bountiful was not always benevolent. Covering a vast historical span from 1815 to 1940, followed by a twenty-first century update in the epilogue, Spectacle Culture and American Identity is provocatively comprehensive." Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor, Director of Trotter Institute, The University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

"Backgrounds, however static, are coded. Several technologies were used to produce the spectacular, immersive views of America studied here, and numerous displays across the country meant that they reached much more of the population than standard scenery in urban theatres. Tenneriello demonstrates the political uses to which reproductions of the American landscape were put - and intimates that their present-day descendants continue to be exploited. Look around you and think about what you see." - Judith Milhous, CUNY Graduate Center, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Setting the Scene

    Tenneriello, Susan

    Pages 1-14

  • Immersive Scenes: Visual Media, Painted Panoramas, and Landscape Narratives

    Tenneriello, Susan

    Pages 15-50

  • Moving Scenes: Multimedia Performance along the Mississippi River

    Tenneriello, Susan

    Pages 51-89

  • Entertainment Scenes: Industrial Strength Brands of Site-Specific Spectacle

    Tenneriello, Susan

    Pages 91-121

  • Theme Scenes: Producing Global Strategies on US Exhibition Stages

    Tenneriello, Susan

    Pages 123-158

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spectacle Culture and American Identity 1815–1940
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Susan Tenneriello
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36062-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137360625
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36061-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47195-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 316
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics