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Ann Brewer Birmingham is at the University of California, Santa Barbara. John Brewer is at the European University Institute, Florence.
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The Consumption of Culture 1600-1800

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Overview

Ann Brewer Birmingham is at the University of California, Santa Barbara. John Brewer is at the European University Institute, Florence.
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Twenty-six contributors from a wide range of historically-oriented fields (historians of society, politics, ideas, science, literature, and the arts) comprise this third volume in a three-volume set (identified above as a "series") which is the fruit of a research project mounted by the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. The contributions are widely different in their emphases and methodologies, but they share a focus on exploring consumption rather than production of culture; questions about artistic or authorial intentionality and technique give way to questions about utility, and meaning--and to inquiry into the history of aesthetic artifacts as a history of their diverse receptions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134808397
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 565
  • File size: 14 MB
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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Notes on Contributors
Preface
1 Introduction. The consumption of culture: image, object, text 1
2 Subjective powers? Consumption, the reading public, and domestic woman in early eighteenth-century England 23
3 Reading women. Text and image in eighteenth-century England 42
4 Colonizing readers. Review criticism and the formation of a reading public 54
5 Expanding on portraiture. The market, the public, and the hierarchy of genres in eighteenth-century Britain 75
6 The abandoned hero. The decline of state authority in the direction of French painting as seen in the career of one exemplary theme, 1777-89 89
7 Gombrich and the rise of landscape 103
8 British Romanticism, gender, and three women artists 121
9 The "exchange of letters." Early modern contradictions and postmodern conundrums 143
10 Author-mongering. The "editor" between producer and consumer 166
11 Shot from canons; or, Maria Edgeworth and the cultural production and consumption of the eighteenth-century woman writer 193
12 Polygamy, Pamela, and the prerogative of empire 217
13 The good, the bad, and the impotent. Imperialism and the politics of identity in Georgian England 237
14 The state's demand for accurate astronomical and navigational instruments in eighteenth-century Britain 263
15 Signs and citizens. Sign language and visual sign in the French Revolution 272
16 Outrages. Sculpture and kingship in France after 1789 294
17 Dante's Restaurant. The cultural work of experiment in early modern Tuscany 319
18 "The most polite age and the most vicious." Attitudes towards culture as a commodity, 1660-1800 341
19 Politeness for plebes. Consumption and social identity in early eighteenth-century England 362
20 Emulative consumption and literacy. The Harlot, Moll Flanders, and Mrs. Slipslop 383
21 "La chose publique." Hubert Robert's decorations for the "petit salon" at Mereville 401
22 "News from the New Exchange". Commodity, erotic fantasy, and the female entrepreneur 419
23 Women's participation in the urban culture of early modern London. Images from fiction 440
24 The im/modesty of her sex. Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun and the Salon of 1783 455
25 Elegant females and gentlemen connoisseurs. The commerce in culture and self-image in eighteenth-century England 489
26 Social order and the domestic consumption of music. The politics of sound in the policing of gender construction in eighteenth-century England 514
Index 535
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