By Amy E. Hughes
Hughes strains the cultural heritage of 3 recognized sensation scenes—the drunkard with the delirium tremens, the fugitive slave escaping over a river, and the sufferer tied to the railroad tracks—assessing how those scenes conveyed, allayed, and denied matters concerning the rights and duties of citizenship. those photographs additionally seemed in published propaganda, suggesting that the coup de théâtre was once a vital a part of American reform tradition. also, Hughes argues that today’s manufacturers and advertisers proceed to use the affective dynamism of spectacle, achieving a fair broader viewers via movie, tv, and the Internet.
To be attuned to the dynamics of spectacle, Hughes argues, is to appreciate how we see. Her publication will curiosity not just theater historians, but additionally students and scholars of political, literary, and visible tradition who're concerned with how U.S. electorate observed themselves and their global in the course of a pivotal interval in American history.
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Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in Nineteenth-Century America by Amy E. Hughes