The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940 / Edition 1

The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940 / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
080784246X
ISBN-13:
9780807842461
Pub. Date:
04/01/1989
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press

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The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940 / Edition 1

This is a perceptive study of the relationship between technology and culture. Orvell discusses Whitman and his world, then considers material culture, photography, and literature. Among the cultural figures discussed are writers Henry James, John Dos Passos, and James Agee; photographers Alfred Stieglitz and Margaret Bourke-White; and architect-designers Gustav Stickley and Frank Lloyd Wright. A witty essay on the significance of junk in the 1930s concludes the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807842461
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/01/1989
Series: Cultural Studies of the United States Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition ix

Acknowledgments xxv

Introduction xxvii

Part 1 The Condition of Future Development

Chapter 1 Whitman's Transformed Eye 5

Part 2 A Culture of Imitation

Introduction 33

Chapter 2 A Hieroglyphic World: The Furnishing of Identity in Victorian Culture 40

Chapter 3 Photography and the Artifice of Realism 73

Chapter 4 The Romance of the Real 103

Part 3 Inventing Authenticity

Introduction 141

Chapter 5 The Real Thing and the Machine-made World 157

Chapter 6 The Camera and the Verification of Fact 198

Chapter 7 Not "Realism" but Reality Itself 240

Epilogue: The Dump Is Full of Images 287

Notes 301

Bibliography 341

Index 375

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