The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe

The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe

by James Van Horn Melton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521465737

ISBN-13: 9780521465731

Pub. Date: 10/22/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

James Melton's accessible study examines the rise of "the public" in eighteenth-century Europe. Focusing on England, France, and the German-speaking territories, this is the first critical reassessment of what the philosopher Jürgen Habermas called the "bourgeois public sphere" of the eighteenth century. Topics include the growing importance of public opinion

Overview

James Melton's accessible study examines the rise of "the public" in eighteenth-century Europe. Focusing on England, France, and the German-speaking territories, this is the first critical reassessment of what the philosopher Jürgen Habermas called the "bourgeois public sphere" of the eighteenth century. Topics include the growing importance of public opinion in political life, transformations of the literary public realm, eighteenth-century authorship, theater publics, and new practices of sociability as they developed in salons, coffeehouses, taverns and Masonic lodges.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521465731
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/22/2001
Series:
New Approaches to European History Series, #23
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1540L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: what is the public sphere? Part I. Politics and the Rise of Public Opinion: The Cases of England and France: 1. The peculiarities of the English; 2. Opacity and transparency: French political culture in the eighteenth century; Part II. Readers, Writers and Spectators: 3. Reading publics: transformations of the literary public sphere; 4. Eighteenth century authorship; 5. From courts to consumers: theatre publics; Part III. Being Sociable: 6. Enlightenment salons; 7. Drinking in public: taverns and coffeehouses; 8. Freemasons; Conclusion.

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