Screen Culture and the Social Question, 1880-1914, KINtop 3
Published by: John Libbey Publishing
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.
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