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Hold That Pose

Visual Culture in the Late Nineteenth-Century Spanish Periodical Lou Charnon-Deutsch
  • Copyright: 2008
  • Dimensions: 8 x 9.5
  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Illustrations: 90 b&w illustrations
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-03203-0
“Charnon-Deutsch offers previously unpublished material, inspiring analysis of culturally complex images and texts, and an innovative methodology for producing historically rich interpretations of visual culture.”
“Charnon-Deutsch has established herself as the foremost chronicler and interpreter of pictorial art and visual culture in the 19th-century Spanish periodical.

Charnon-Deutsch provides an altogether engaging picture of how magazine images influence the common interests of society and how mass-marketing shapes the tastes of a wide-ranging readership.”

Hold That Pose explores the role of visual images in Spain’s transition to a fully modern illustrated press by the first decade of the twentieth century. It examines both the ideological impact and the technological transformation of image production in Spanish magazines during the Restoration. In the brief period of forty years, 1870 to 1910, technological and manufacturing advances revolutionized Spain’s illustrated press and consequently Europeanized the tastes and the expectations of its elite urban readership. By 1900, once subscription prices fell and magazines began to apply modern photojournalistic techniques, the middle classes became inured to illustrated magazines. Advancements in photomechanical reproduction allowed periodicals to focus more extensively on the vicissitudes and pleasures of everyday life in urban Spain along with world events in increasingly remote locales. Hold That Pose explores this period of transition through an analysis of the images that spoke for and to the burgeoning numbers of subscribers who purchased the most popular weeklies of the period.

Lou Charnon-Deutsch is Professor of Hispanic Languages at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her previous books include three published by Penn State Press: Narratives of Desire: Nineteenth-Century Spanish Fiction by Women (1994), Fictions of the Feminine in the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Press (1999), and The Spanish Gypsy (2004).


List of Illustrations


Introduction: The Globe in the Palm of His Hand

Racial Fetishism in the Nineteenth-Century Illustrated Magazine

From Engraving to Photoengraving: Cross-Cut Technologies

Torcuato Luca de Tena’s Blanco y Negro and Spain’s Move Toward a Mass Media

Cartooning the “Splendid Little War” of 1898





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