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The Resource The Real Thing: : Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940

The Real Thing: : Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940

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The Real Thing: : Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940
Title
The Real Thing:
Title remainder
Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940
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Language
eng
Summary
In this classic study of the relationship between technology and culture, Miles Orvell demonstrates that the roots of contemporary popular culture reach back to the Victorian era, when mechanical replications of familiar objects reigned supreme and realism dominated artistic representation. Reacting against this genteel culture of imitation, a number of artists and intellectuals at the turn of the century were inspired by the machine to create more authentic works of art that were themselves "real things." The resulting tension between a culture of imitation and a culture of authenticity, argues Orvell, has become a defining category in our culture. The twenty-fifth anniversary edition includes a new preface by the author, looking back on the late twentieth century and assessing tensions between imitation and authenticity in the context of our digital age. Considering material culture, photography, and literature, the book touches on influential figures such as writers Walt Whitman, Henry James, John Dos Passos, and James Agee; photographers Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White; and architect-designers Gustav Stickley and Frank Lloyd Wright
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Midwest
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Orvell, Miles
Dewey number
973
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Material culture
  • American literature
  • Photography
  • Imitation
  • Authenticity (Philosophy)
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
The Real Thing: : Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11719753
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781469615370
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT11719753
Specific material designation
remote
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11719753
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The Real Thing: : Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11719753
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781469615370
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT11719753
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11719753
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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