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Luxury in the Eighteenth Century: Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods

Luxury in the Eighteenth Century: Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods

by M. Berg, E. Eger


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Luxury in the Eighteenth Century: Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods

'Luxury in the 18th Century' explores the political, economic, moral and intellectual effects of the production and consumption of luxury goods, and provides a broadly-based account from a variety of perspectives, addressing key themes of economic debate, material culture, the principles of art and taste, luxury as 'female vice' and the exotic.

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ISBN-13: 9780230517790
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 02/17/2002
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

MAXINE BERG Professor of History and Director of the Warwick Eighteenth-Century Centre at the University of Warwick, UK
ELIZABETH EGER Lecturer in the Department of English, King's College London, UK
EDWARD HUNDERT Professor Emeritus of History, University of British Columbia, Canada
JAN DE VRIES Professor of History and Economics, University of California, Berkeley,USA
ANNIE RICHARDSON Lecturer at the Winchester School of Art,UK
MICHAEL MCKEON is Professor of English at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA
DENA GOODMAN Professor of History, University of Michigan, USA
LAURENCE FONTAINE Professor of History, The European University Institute and CRNS, Paris, France
JOHN STYLES Director of the MA in the History of Design, V&A/Royal College of Art, UK
VIVIEN JONES Senior Lecturer in English, University of Leeds, UK
ROS BALLASTER Fellow and Tutor in English Literature, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK
JOHN CROWLEY George Munro Professor of History, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
JENNY UGLOW Honorary Professor of the Department of English, University of Warwick, UK
SHELAGH VAINKER Curator of Eastern Arts at the Ashmolean, Oxford and Fellow of St. Hugh's College, Oxford, UK
REBECCA EARLE Lecturer in Comparative American Studies, University of Warwick, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction PART ONE: DEBATES The Rise and Fall of the Luxury Debates Mandeville, Rousseau and the Political Economy of Fantasy Luxury in the Dutch Golden Ages in Theory and Practice Aestheticizing the Critique of Luxury: Smollett's Humphry Clinker PART TWO: DELECTABLE GOODS Furnishing Discourses: Readings of a Writing Desk in Eighteenth-Century France The Circulation of Luxury Goods in Eighteenth-Century Paris: Social Distribution and an Alternative Currency Custom or Consumption? Plebeian Fashion in Eighteenth-Century England PART THREE: BEAUTY, TASTE AND SENSIBILITY From the Moral Mound to the Material Maze: Hogarth's Analysis of Beauty From Luxury to Comfort and Back Again: Landscape Architecture and the Cottage in Britain and America Vase Mania PART FOUR: A FEMALE VICE? WOMEN AND LUXURY Performing Roxane: The Oriental Woman as the Sign of Luxury in Eighteenth-Century Fictions Luxury, Satire and Prostitute Narratives Luxury, Industry and Charity: Bluestocking Culture Displayed PART FIVE: LUXURY AND THE EXOTIC Luxuries or Not? Consumption of Silk and Porcelain in Eighteenth-Century China Luxury, Clothing and Race in Spanish America Asian Luxuries and the Making of the European Consumer Revolution

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