The Invention of Comfort: Sensibilities and Design in Early Modern Britain and Early America / Edition 1

The Invention of Comfort: Sensibilities and Design in Early Modern Britain and Early America / Edition 1

by John E. Crowley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801873150

ISBN-13: 9780801873157

Pub. Date: 01/22/2003

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

How did our modern ideas of physical well-being originate? As John Crowley demonstrates in The Invention of Comfort, changes in sensible technology owed a great deal to fashion-conscious elites discovering discomfort in surroundings they earlier had felt to be satisfactory.

Written in an engaging style that will appeal to historians and material

Overview

How did our modern ideas of physical well-being originate? As John Crowley demonstrates in The Invention of Comfort, changes in sensible technology owed a great deal to fashion-conscious elites discovering discomfort in surroundings they earlier had felt to be satisfactory.

Written in an engaging style that will appeal to historians and material culture specialists as well as to general readers, this pathbreaking work brings together such disparate topics of analysis as climate, fire, food, clothing, the senses, and anxiety—especially about the night.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801873157
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/22/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents:

Preface and Acknowledgments

PART I: TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AMENITY

Chapter 1. Commodious Comfort: Hall and Hearth, Chamber and Chimney

Chapter 2. Civil Comfort: Mansion Houses

Chapter 3. Colonial Comfort: Vernacular and Elegant Options

PART II: FROM LUXURY TO COMFORT

Chapter 4. Decent Comfort: Candles and Mirrors

Chapter 5. Convenient Comfort: Political Economy

Chapter 6. Enlightened Comfort: Stoves and Lamps

PART III: THE LANDSCAPE OF COMFORT

Chapter 7. Picturesque Comfort: The Cottage

Chapter 8. Healthy Comfort: The Piazza

Chapter 9. Gendered Comfort: House Design BooksConclusionNotesI

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