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Cultural Ideals of Home The Social Dynamics of Domestic Space

Cultural Ideals of Home: The Social Dynamics of Domestic Space

1st Edition

By Deborah Chambers
April 07, 2020

Spanning the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, this book investigates how home is imagined, staged and experienced in western culture. Questions about meanings of ‘home’ and domestic culture are triggered by dramatic changes in values and ideals about the dwellings we live in and the dwellings...

Photography The Unfettered Image

Photography: The Unfettered Image

1st Edition

By Michelle Henning
February 14, 2018

We live in a time in which photographs have become extraordinarily mobile. They can be exchanged and circulated at the swipe of a finger across a screen. The digital photographic image appears and disappears with a mere gesture of the hand. Yet, this book argues that this mobility of the image was ...

Light Touches Cultural Practices of Illumination, 1800-1900

Light Touches: Cultural Practices of Illumination, 1800-1900

1st Edition

By Alice Barnaby
November 23, 2016

Light Touches: Cultural Practices of Illumination, 1800-1900 explores how urban lives in the nineteenth century were increasingly touched by innovations in the technologies and aesthetics of illumination. Dramatic changes in qualities of light – and darkness – became acutely palpable to the human ...

The Making of English Popular Culture

The Making of English Popular Culture

1st Edition

Edited By John Storey
May 04, 2016

The Making of English Popular Culture provides an account of the making of popular culture in the nineteenth century. While a form of what we might describe as popular culture existed before this period, John Storey has assembled a collection that demonstrates how what we now think of as popular ...

Design at Home Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the USA since 1945

Design at Home: Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the USA since 1945

1st Edition

By Grace Lees Maffei
December 12, 2013

Domestic advice literature is rich in information about design, ideals of domesticity, consumption and issues of identity, yet this literature remains a relatively neglected resource in comparison with magazines and film. Design at Home brings together etiquette, homemaking and home decoration ...

Dreams and Modernity A Cultural History

Dreams and Modernity: A Cultural History

1st Edition

By Natalya Lusty, Helen Groth
October 04, 2013

Dreams and Modernity: A Cultural History explores the dream as a distinctively modern object of inquiry and as a fundamental aspect of identity and culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. While dreams have been a sustained object of fascination from the ancient world to the present,...

Print Culture From Steam Press to Ebook

Print Culture: From Steam Press to Ebook

1st Edition

By Frances Robertson
January 16, 2013

With the advent of new digital communication technologies, the end of print culture once again appears to be as inevitable to some recent commentators as it did to Marshall McLuhan. And just as print culture has so often been linked with the rise of modern industrial society, so the alleged demise ...

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