Screen Culture and the Social Question, 1880-1914, KINtop 3

Screen Culture and the Social Question, 1880-1914, KINtop 3

Edited by Ludwig Vogl-Bienek and Richard Crangle
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/20/2014
Format: Paperback 60 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-861-96709-4
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Public performances using the magic or optical lantern became a prominent part of the social fabric of the late 19th century. Drawing on a rich variety of primary sources, Screen Culture and the Social Question, 1880-1914 investigates how the magic lantern and cinematograph, used at public lectures, church services, and electoral campaigns, became agents of social change. The essays examine how social reformers and charitable organizations used the "art of projection" to raise public awareness of the living conditions of the poor and the destitute, as they argued for reform and encouraged audiences to work to better their lot and that of others.

Author Bio

Ludwig Vogl-Bienek is Senior Researcher of the Screen1900 research group at the University of Trier and a founding member of the magic lantern ensemble illuminago, which performs lantern shows internationally.

Richard Crangle is Research Officer of the Magic Lantern Society.

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Table of Contents


Part I. Screen Culture and the Public Sphere: Raising Awareness of the Living Conditions of the Poor

Part II. The Use of Lantern Shows, Photography and Early Films for Social Prevention by Charity Organizations

Part III. Approaches to the Hidden History of Screen Culture

The Contributors
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