Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century
Wolfgang Schivelbusch tells the story of the development of artificial light in the nineteenth century. Not simply a history of a technology, Disenchanted Night revelas the ways that the technology of artificial illumination helped forge modern consciousness. In his strikingly illustrated and lively narrative, Schivelbusch discusses a range of subject including the political symbolism of streetlamps, the rise of nightlife and the shopwindow, and the importance of the salon in bourgeois culture.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
arc lighting Argand artificial audience auditorium became become Berlin bright bulb candle cast central clearly close coal colours completely contemporary created darkness described developed diorama direct display distance early effect eighteenth century electric light English example experience explosion fact fire flame force French fuel gaslight gives glass heat houses Ibid illumination illusion individual industrial intensity lamp lanterns late later less London longer look Lumière mains material means middle natural needed night nineteenth century original painting Paris picture pipes police possible practical produced public lighting Quoted reflector remained replaced réverbères scene shades shows side simply smashing Source space stage street lighting supply switch technical theatre took torch tower turned walls whole wick