Dances with Darwin, 1875-1910: Vernacular Modernity in France

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - 311 pagina's
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"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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An anthropology of gesture the place and gesture
11
Darwinism and Degeneration Theory in Popular Culture
59
What Is Ugly?
103
Africans and Black Americans in Paris
145
January 1889 Courtesy Bibliotheque nationale
157
separate images in L Illustration 10 January 1903 Courtesy
181
of the Chiffa Falls North Africa creator of our national CakeWalk
187
Epileptic Singers and the Mysteries of the Dark Continent
199
Darwin Meets Pere Ubu
243
Darwins AvantGarde Ubus Progeny
265
Bibliography
277
Index
295
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Rae Beth Gordon is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut and the author of "Ornament, Fantasy, and Desire in Nineteenth-Century French Literature.

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