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Seeing the American Woman, 1880-1920: The Social Impact of the Visual Media Explosion

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From 1880 to 1920, the first truly national visual culture developed in the United States as a result of the completion of the Pacific Railroad. At that time, a new level of invention, reproduction, and distribution of all kinds of images was taking shape. Women, especially young and beautiful ones, found new lives shaped by their participation in that visual culture. This rapidly evolving age left behind the "cult of domesticity" that reigned in the nineteenth century to give rise to new "types" of women based ...

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Overview

From 1880 to 1920, the first truly national visual culture developed in the United States as a result of the completion of the Pacific Railroad. At that time, a new level of invention, reproduction, and distribution of all kinds of images was taking shape. Women, especially young and beautiful ones, found new lives shaped by their participation in that visual culture. This rapidly evolving age left behind the "cult of domesticity" that reigned in the nineteenth century to give rise to new "types" of women based on a single feature—a type of hair, skin, dress, or prop—including the Gibson Girl, the sob sister, the stunt girl, the hoochy-coochy dancer, and the bearded lady. Exploring both high and low culture, from the circus and film to newspapers and magazines, this intriguing volume examines depictions of women at the dawn of "mass media," depictions that would remain influential throughout the twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786466610
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/12/2011
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine H. Adams is a Hutchinson Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans. Michael L. Keene is a professor of English at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Jennifer C. Koella lectures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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