Bob Rydell: "Fair Fiction: Worlds' Fairs in American and European Fiction"

Feb 11


From their beginnings with the London's Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851, world's fairs have excited the imagination of novelists, including Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Baudelaire, William Dean Howells, Marietta Holley, E. L. Doctorow, and Erik Larson. This "illustrated" (to use the 19th-century term) talk by MSU historian Bob Rydell will address the intersections of ideology, utopia, and fun.

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