Pleasure in the Eighteenth Century

Pleasure in the Eighteenth Century


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Pleasure, wrote Oscar Wilde, is the only thing worth having a theory about. In Pleasure in the Eighteenth Century, Roy Porter and Marie Mulvey Roberts question the idea of pleasure as unmediated, natural experience. To what extent was pleasure stage-managed to make it socially, morally, and politically acceptable?

Taking its cue from Michel Foucault, this volume represents a stunning example of the pleasures of analysis, a place where discourse about pleasure is a pleasure in its own right. From cross-dressing to feasting, music to charity work, the essays in this volume probe the foundations of eighteenth-century society while entertaining the reader vicariously with their tales of vanished delights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814766446
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 10/01/1996
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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.

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