Gender and the Formation of Taste in Eighteenth-Century Britain: The Analysis of Beauty

Gender and the Formation of Taste in Eighteenth-Century Britain: The Analysis of Beauty

by Robert W. Jones
     
 

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Beauty is one of the most important and intriguing ideas in eighteenth-century culture. The concept of beauty was central to debates about art, culture and taste, and was invoked, in various and contradictory ways, to determine acceptable behaviour for women. Robert W. Jones traces changing concepts of beauty in the eighteenth century through a wide range of material,…  See more details below

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Beauty is one of the most important and intriguing ideas in eighteenth-century culture. The concept of beauty was central to debates about art, culture and taste, and was invoked, in various and contradictory ways, to determine acceptable behaviour for women. Robert W. Jones traces changing concepts of beauty in the eighteenth century through a wide range of material, including philosophical texts by William Hogarth and Edmund Burke, novels by Charlotte Lennox and Sarah Scott, and representations of the celebrated beauty Elizabeth Gunning.

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"...an essential work on 18th-century culture. Strongly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty." Choice

"...Robert W. JOnes offers new and important insights into the eighteenth century's shifting and multivalent isage of the concepts of beauty and taste...an important book for all scholars of the period." Modern Philology

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ISBN-13:
9780521121293
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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