Fighting the Flames: Fire-Based Disaster Spectacles at Turn-of-the-Century Coney Island

Full Title Fighting the Flames: Fire-Based Disaster Spectacles at Turn-of-the-Century Coney Island
ISBN 0415977592
ISBN13 9780415977593
Publisher Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Authors Lynn K. Sally
Edition ANN
Overview

In Fighting the Flames, Sally contextualizes, historicizes, and theorizes the spectacular performance of fire at turn-of-the-twentieth century Coney Island. The performance of fire included staged exhibits, such as Fire and Flames and Fighting the Flames, and the real fires that plagued its history. While Coney Island placed fire center stage in its fire-based disaster spectacles, fire has continuously burned its own bridge, destroying the producer who wants to make fire the star of his show. The real conflagrations at Coney Island insert precisely what was missing from these staged performances: ephemerality, unpredictability, and newness of the present that serve as metaphors for not only fire but for the development of the metropolis and the advent of modernity.

Dimensions 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Subjects New York City - Travel
Fire Science Technology
Amusement & Theme Parks - Travel Guides
Natural Disasters - General & Miscellaneous
Fire Fighting & Emergency Medicine

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