Abstract/Details

Troubling modernity: Spatial politics, technologies of seeing, and the crisis of the city and the World's Exhibition in fin de siècle Budapest

Barenscott, Dorothy Lyly Julianna.   The University of British Columbia (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2007. NR31732.

Abstract (summary)

Conflicts and concerns around representing ethnic, class, and national identities within the context of modern national ideologies have come to the fore in recent years. Yet these same problems were current and actively being negotiated in the nineteenth century in Central and Eastern Europe's Austro-Hungarian Empire. This dissertation takes as its focus the role of visuality, new technologies, and social space in the articulation of competing identities in fin de siècle Budapest, Hungary. In 1896 the city hosted a Millennial Exhibition designed to simultaneously celebrate the history of the Hungarian people and the entry of Hungary into the larger European world economy. But, preparations within the city of Budapest itself—urban modernization, a state of the art transportation system, new architectural projects, and the design of mass entertainments—argued in different ways for Hungary's legitimacy as a progressive and modern state within the broader jurisdiction represented by the ruling Austrian Hapsburgs, and the imperial capital of Vienna. My thesis explores how different forms of mobility and circulation within both the shifting urban fabric of the city of Budapest, and the officially sanctioned spaces of its World's Fair, played a key role in re-defining Hungary's status under imperial rule. The four chapters of the dissertation which focus at their broadest level on the re-ordering of the spaces of the city, panorama spectacles, photography, and early cinema, thus consider the ways in which new modes of subjectivity, embodied vision and media forms, in dialogue with nationhood, gave form to a complex set of social and political tensions and debates at the time of the international exhibition.

Indexing (details)


Subject
European history;
Geography;
Art history;
History;
Mass media;
Mass communications;
Modern history
Classification
0335: European history
0366: Geography
0377: Art history
0582: Modern history
0708: Mass communications
0578: History
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Budapest; City crisis; Fin de siecle; Hungary; Modernity; Seeing technologies; Spatial politics; World's Exhibition
Title
Troubling modernity: Spatial politics, technologies of seeing, and the crisis of the city and the World's Exhibition in fin de siècle Budapest
Author
Barenscott, Dorothy Lyly Julianna
Number of pages
428
Degree date
2007
School code
2500
Source
DAI-A 68/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-494-31732-7
University/institution
The University of British Columbia (Canada)
University location
Canada -- British Columbia, CA
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
NR31732
ProQuest document ID
304706420
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/304706420/abstract