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The Museum, the Flâneur, and the Book: The Exhibitionary Complex in the Work of Henry James

Abstract The Victorian era was the age of museum development in the United States. In the wake of these institutions, another important figure of the nineteenth century emerged--the flâneur. The flâneur represents the city, and provided new mechanisms of seeing to the public. The flâneur taught citizens how to gaze with a panoptic eye. The increasing importance of cultural institutions contributed to a new means of presenting power and interacting with the viewing public. Tony Bennett's exhibitionary complex theory, argues that nineteenth-century museums were institutions of power that educated, civilized, and through surveillance, encourage self-regulation of crowds. The flâneur's presence in the nineteenth century informed the public about... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Harrison, Leah Gibbons (Author) / Szuter, Christine (Advisor) / Warren-Findley, Jannelle (Committee member) / Toon, Richard (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Museum Studies / American Literature / Exhibitionary Complex / Flaneur / Henry James / Museums / Publishing / Tony Bennett
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 112 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. History 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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