Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century [Paperback]
The story of the development of artificial light in the 19th century is not only a history of its technology but a revelation of how that technology helped forge modern consciousness. The range of subjects includes the political symbolism of streetlamps, the rise of nightlife and the shop window, and the importance of the salon in the bourgeois culture. Very Highly Recommended.
Entertaining… provides ground for much speculation — about the deregulation of utilities, the role of lighting in crime control, the growing attraction of self-sufficient rural life and the social functions of the theater. That is no mean feat for 227 pages. — New York Times Book Review
This text tells the story of the development of artificial light in the 19th century. The book reveals the ways that the technology of artificial light helped forge modern consciousness. It discusses such topics as the political symbolism of street lighting and the rise of nightlife.
Text: English, German (translation) –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Paperback: 227 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (December 20, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520203542
- ISBN-13: 978-0520203549
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)