Arts Of Deception / Edition 1

Arts Of Deception / Edition 1

by James W. Cook
     
 

In The Arts of Deception, James Cook explores the distinctly modern mode of trickery designed to puzzle the eye and challenge the brain. Upsetting the normally strict boundaries of value, race, class, and truth, the spectacles offer a revealing look at the tastes, concerns, and prejudices of America's very first mass audiences.See more details below

Overview

In The Arts of Deception, James Cook explores the distinctly modern mode of trickery designed to puzzle the eye and challenge the brain. Upsetting the normally strict boundaries of value, race, class, and truth, the spectacles offer a revealing look at the tastes, concerns, and prejudices of America's very first mass audiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674005914
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
07/15/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
0.70(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Thinking with Tricks

1. The Death and Rebirth of the Automaton Chess-Player

2. The Feejee Mermaid and the Market Revolution

3. Describing the Nondescript

4. Modern Magic

5. Queer Art Illusions

Epilogue: Barnum's Ghosts

Notes

Index

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