Bridget Alsdorf, Princeton University

Associate Professor Princeton, New Jersey alsdorf@princeton.edu Office: (609) 258-3732

Bio/Research

Alsdorf’s current book project, Theaters of the Crowd, focuses on representations (across multiple media) of crowds and theatrical audiences in fin-de-siècle France, with particular interest in the cultural phenomenon of gawking (badauderie) and the relationship between art and emerging fields of...

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Bio/Research

Alsdorf’s current book project, Theaters of the Crowd, focuses on representations (across multiple media) of crowds and theatrical audiences in fin-de-siècle France, with particular interest in the cultural phenomenon of gawking (badauderie) and the relationship between art and emerging fields of social psychology. The book centers on a group of innovative artists and film-makers –Vallotton, Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec, Steinlen, and the Lumière brothers – who placed the passive, susceptible vision of the gawker (le badaud) center-stage, unseating the flâneur as the modern subject par excellence. Alsdorf is also collaborating with Todd Cronan on a translation of philosopher Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s Écrits sur l’art, under contract with Fordham University Press, and is preparing an essay on Manet’s still lifes for an upcoming exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Getty Museum.

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