Dances with Darwin, 1875-1910: Vernacular Modernity in France
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - 311 pagina's
"Examining the extraordinary influence of Darwin's theory of evolution on French thought from 1875 to 1910, Rae Beth Gordon argues for a reconsideration of modernism both in time and in place that situates its beginnings in the French cafe-concert aesthetic. Gordon weaves the history of medical science, ethnology, and popular culture into a exploration of the cultural implications of gesture in dance performances at late-nineteenthcentury Parisian cafe-concerts and music halls." "While art historians have studied the ties between primitivism and modernism, their convergence in fin-de-siecle popular entertainment has been largely overlooked. Gordon argues that while the impact of Darwinism was unprecedented in science, it was no less present in popular culture through the popular press and popular entertainment, where it constituted a kind of "evolutionist aesthetic" on display in the cafe-concert, circus, and music-hall as well as in the spectator's reception of the --
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What Is Ugly?
Africans and Black Americans in Paris
January 1889 Courtesy Bibliotheque nationale
separate images in L Illustration 10 January 1903 Courtesy
of the Chiffa Falls North Africa creator of our national CakeWalk
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