Consuming Visions: Cinema, Writing, and Modernity in Rio de by Maite Conde

By Maite Conde

Consuming Visions explores the connection between
cinema and writing in early twentieth-century Brazil, targeting how the hot and international medium
of movie used to be ate up by means of a literary society within the throes of modernization. Maite Conde places
this courting within the particular context of turn-of-the-century Rio de Janeiro, which underwent
an intensive transformation to a latest worldwide urban, changing into a concrete image of the country's
broader techniques of switch and modernization. examining an array of literary texts, from
journalistic essays and renowned women's novels to anarchist treatises and vaudeville performs, the
writer indicates how the writers' encounters with the cinema have been in step with the significant
alterations happening within the city.

The arrival and initial
improvement of the cinema in Brazil have been a part of the hot city panorama within which early
Brazilian video clips not just articulated the methods of the city's modernization but in addition enabled
new city spectators—women, immigrants, a brand new operating category, and a lately liberated slave
population—to see, think in, and perform its destiny. within the procedure, those early movies
challenged the facility of the written observe and of Brazilian writers, threatening the hegemonic
functionality of writing that had often cast the contours of the nation's cultural lifestyles. An
rising industry of customers of the recent cultural phenomena—popular theater, the department
shop, the manufacturing unit, illustrated magazines—reflected alterations that not just modernized literary
construction but in addition altered the very lifestyles and daily city reports of the population.
Consuming Visions is an formidable and fascinating exam of the methods in
which mass tradition can turn into an agent of highbrow and aesthetic
transformation.

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