Moral Taste: Aesthetics, Subjectivity, and Social Power in the Nineteenth-century Novel (Hardback)
  • Moral Taste: Aesthetics, Subjectivity, and Social Power in the Nineteenth-century Novel (Hardback)
zoom

Moral Taste: Aesthetics, Subjectivity, and Social Power in the Nineteenth-century Novel (Hardback)

(author)
£59.99
Hardback Published: 17/03/2007
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
One of the particular concerns of the Victorians was the notion of 'taste' and the idea that good taste in any field - clothing, decor, landscape, music, art, even food - meant good taste in all, and that tastefulness was a reliable sign of moral sensitivity, indeed of national, even racial, quality. Moral Taste is a study of the ideological work done by the equation of good taste and moral refinement in a selection of nineteenth-century writings. Drawing on the theories of Pierre Bourdieu, Marjorie Garson discusses a number of Victorian texts that treat aesthetic refinement as an essential mark of proper middle-class subjectivity. She situates each text in its historical moment and considers it in the light of contemporary anxieties, providing insights into why certain ways of representing and endorsing tastefulness remained serviceable for many decades. In addition, this study demonstrates how the discourse of taste engenders a wider discourse about middle-class subjectivity and entitlement, national character, and racial identity in the period.

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802091383
Weight: 840 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 33 mm

You may also be interested in...

Darkness Visible
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
How Fiction Works
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A Sort Of Life
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Added to basket
The Mabinogion
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Woodlanders
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Ulysses
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
To the Lighthouse
Added to basket
Wide Sargasso Sea
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Mary and The Wrongs of Woman
Added to basket
Under the Greenwood Tree
Added to basket
Persuasion
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
How Proust Can Change Your Life
Added to basket
How Novels Work
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Added to basket
Dream Story
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.