By Elizabeth Outka
In an remarkable phenomenon that swept throughout Britain on the flip of the 19th century, writers, advertisers, and designers started to create and promote photos of an genuine cultural realm mockingly thought of outdoor undefined. Such photos have been situated in nostalgic photos of an idyllic, pre-industrial previous, in supposedly unique items no longer derived from prior traditions, and within the excellent of a purified aesthetic that will be separated from the mass industry. featuring a full of life, special research of what she phrases the ''commodified authentic,'' Elizabeth Outka explores this important yet neglected improvement within the historical past of modernity with a piercing examine patron tradition and the promoting of authenticity in past due 19th- and early twentieth-century Britain. The publication brings jointly quite a lot of cultural assets, from the version cities of Bournville, Port solar, and Letchworth; to the structure of Edwin Lutyens and Selfridges division shop; to paintings by means of authors similar to Bernard Shaw, E. M. Forster, Henry James, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf.