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Housing Identities: Displaying Race and Environment in Paris, 1870-1892

Seltzer, Kylynn R. J. (2020) Housing Identities: Displaying Race and Environment in Paris, 1870-1892. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation examines how full-size reproductions of human housing were used as a tool to visualize the racial and cultural identity of the Other in late nineteenth-century Paris. Displayed at the Jardin d’Acclimatation and the Exposition universelle of 1889, these houses were populated with live groups and purported to be scientifically accurate representations of non-Europeans, French colonial subjects, and historic groups. It argues that the subject of housing was a powerful vehicle through which to teach the public visually and demonstrates that Parisian viewers were uniquely poised to understand the scientific ideas that these structures embodied. This research is the first to analyze the intersection of architectural history, scientific race thinking, and the urban environment.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Seltzer, Kylynn R. J.KylieSeltzer@pitt.eduKRJ14
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairArmstrong, Christopher
Committee MemberRajagopalan,
Committee MemberSavage,
Committee MemberWomack,
Date: 8 June 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 18 March 2020
Approval Date: 8 June 2020
Submission Date: 9 April 2020
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 418
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: N/A
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 16:58
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 05:15

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