The Pursuit of Pleasure: Gender, Space and Architecture in Regency London

The Pursuit of Pleasure: Gender, Space and Architecture in Regency London

by Jane Rendell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813529816

ISBN-13: 9780813529813

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Until recently, architectural historians have focused their attention on buildings financed by wealthy patrons and designed by prestigious architects. Historical analysis has centered on the politics of this architecture and how social class has contributed to the design. Feminist historians have explored the role of women architects, and they have examined how

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Until recently, architectural historians have focused their attention on buildings financed by wealthy patrons and designed by prestigious architects. Historical analysis has centered on the politics of this architecture and how social class has contributed to the design. Feminist historians have explored the role of women architects, and they have examined how gender difference informs architectural design.

Developing these areas of research, Jane Rendell discusses how gender theory can inform the study of architecture in early nineteenth-century London. She considers the gendering of public space as a complex and shifting series of moves between men and women, constructed and represented through spatial and social relations of consumption, display, and exchange. Drawing on geography, philosophy, and cultural theory, she investigates a number of specific architectural spaces—places of upper-class leisure and consumption in the West End: streets, clubs, assembly rooms, opera houses, and theaters.

In discussing public urban sites and the social exchanges that take place there, Rendell also examines the types of individuals displayed in—or excluded by—these spaces, such as the rambler and the cyprian, precursors to the Parisian flâneur and prostitute. Illustrated with contemporary prints and drawings, The Pursuit of Pleasure is a rich analysis of public space at the birth of the modern metropolis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813529813
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1The Pursuit of Pleasure1
The Pursuit of Theoretical Pleasure: 'Women on the Market'7
The Pursuit of Historical Pleasure: Life in London19
Ch. 2Life in London30
Life in London: The Rambler as Reader31
The Pursuit of Pleasure: Ramblers and Cyprians38
Mobility: The Rambler as Corinthian41
Visuality: The Rambler as Dandy49
Mobility: The Cyprian as Female Rambler54
Visuality: The Cyprian as Female Spectacle58
Ch. 3The Clubs of St. James's - Public Patriarchy63
The Clubhouse: Male Domesticity in the City66
The Bow Window: Displaying Exclusivity71
'Sanctum Sanctorium': The Secret Space of Gambling78
Ch. 4Almack's Assembly Rooms - Exchanging Property86
Assembly Rooms: 'Matrimonial Bazaars'89
Almack's: 'Seventh Heaven'92
Waltzing: 'An Obscene Display'96
Masquerade: 'Events Immoral'100
Ch. 5The Italian Opera House - Exchanging Looks104
The Italian Opera House: 'Modern Ornament to the Metropolis'105
Foyers, Lobbies, Saloons: 'Ladies of Saloon Notoriety'110
The Auditorium: 'To See and be Seen'114
Boxes: 'Seductive Lures'116
'Fop's Alley': 'Meetings and Greetings'118
Omnibus Boxes: 'Operatic Cognoscenti'119
The Stage: 'What a Foot, Leg and Thigh!'120
Green Room: 'Studying Nature'122
Ch. 6Life in and out of London126
Disorderly Bodies and Spaces: Mobility130
Disorderly Bodies and Spaces: Visuality137
From Life in London to Finish ... Life in and out of London140
Notes142
Bibliography198
Index245

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