TITLE: Poster Mania in Turn-of-the-Century Paris
SPEAKER: Karen Carter
EVENT DATE: 2008/05/22
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 61 minutes
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In the 1880s and 1890s, illustrated posters displayed on walls throughout Paris were accused of turning the city into a bazaar and mounting an aggressive assault on the eyes and souls of passersby. Kluge Fellow Karen Carter examines "poster mania," a topic of late 19th-century commentary that linked the viewing of publicity to pathology and madness. French writers appropriated the concepts of hypnosis and subconscious suggestion in order to investigate the powerful attraction of the poster's accentuated visuality and psychological impact.
Speaker Biography: Karen Carter is from the University of North Florida.