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Gender and the Formation of Taste in Eighteenth-Century Britain The Analysis of Beauty

by Robert W. (University of Leeds) Jones

Gender and the Formation of Taste in Eighteenth-Century Britain The Analysis of Beauty Synopsis

Beauty is one of the most important and intriguing ideas in eighteenth-century culture. In Gender and the Formation of Taste in Eighteenth-Century Britain Robert Jones provides a fresh understanding of how emergent critical discourses negotiated with earlier accounts of taste and beauty in order to redefine culture in line with the polite virtues of the urban middle classes. Crucially, the ability to form opinions on questions of beauty, and the capacity to enter into debates on its nature, was thought to characterise those able to participate in cultural discourse. Furthermore, the term 'beauty' was frequently invoked, in various and contradictory ways, to determine acceptable behaviour for women. In his book, Jones discusses a wide range of material, including philosophical texts by William Hogarth and Edmund Burke and Joshua Reynolds, novels by Charlotte Lennox and Sarah Scott, and the many representations of the celebrated beauty Elizabeth Gunning.

Gender and the Formation of Taste in Eighteenth-Century Britain The Analysis of Beauty Press Reviews

...an essential work on 18th-century culture. Strongly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty. Choice ...Robert W. JOnes offers new and important insights into the eighteenth century's shifting and multivalent isage of the concepts of beauty and taste...an important book for all scholars of the period. Modern Philology

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521593267
Publication date: 2nd July 1998
Author: Robert W. (University of Leeds) Jones
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 282 pages
Categories: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800,

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