What were the sources of pleasure during the eighteenth century? The range of pleasurable activities from the bawdy and perverse to the refined are brought together in this collection of essays, which is the first to look at both the philosophy and practice of the pleasure-seeking Georgians. Experts on the arts of pleasure will luxuriate over Italian opera, gastronomic delights, the pleasures of Gothic terror, seduction, and the revellers of the bizarre London clubs.
About the Author
Roy Porter is Professor of the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, and author of a number of books including London: A Social History.
Marie Mulvey Roberts is Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of West England and author of British Poets and Secret Societies and Gothic Immortals.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; M.Mulvey Roberts.- Enlightenment and Pleasure; R.Porter.- Material Pleasures in the Consumer Society; R.Porter.- The Pleasures of the Table; S.Varey.- Pleasures Engendered by Gender: Homosociality and the Club; M.Mulvey Roberts .-'The Luxury of Doing Good': Benevolence, Sensibility, and the Royal Humane Society; C.D.Williams.- The Seducations of Conduct: Pleasure and Conduct Literature; V.Jones.- 'Strains of New Beauty': Handel and the Pleasures of Italian Opera, 1711-1728; D.Alsop.- The Pleasures of Terror: Gender and the Sublime Revisited; E.J.Clery.- Burns and Wordsworth: Art and 'The Pleasure which There is in Life Itself'; S.Manning.- Index.
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