Lure of the Sea The Discovery of the Seaside in the Western World 1750-1840

ISBN-10: 0140247998

ISBN-13: 9780140247992

Edition: 1995

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Description: "Alain Corbin's wonderful book explores the dramatic change in Western attitude towards the sea and seaside pleasures that occurred between 1750 and 1840. Interest in travel; the arrival of landscape painting, geology and natural theology; fashions in medicine and the advent of the bathing-machine; the emergence of Romanticism and the Sublime - these are only some of the elements that helped transform perceptions. By the time Jane Austen wrote Sanditon - perhaps the first 'seaside' novel - in 1817, the sea and shore had come to be viewed as something intensely and sensuously pleasurable, with beach holidays all the rage in new resorts from Brighton and Scarborough to Dieppe."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638

Alan Cheuse is a fiction writer, a long-time critic, and the book commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.He is the author of eight books including The Grandmothers'Club, The Light Possessed, The Tennessee Waltz and Other Stories,and the memoir Fall Out of Heaven.He has written for many national publications and has taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan, among other places. He currently serves as a member of the writing program at George Mason University.Joseph A Palermo lectures at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has written for Peace & Changeand other journals.Alain Corbin is a professor at University of Paris I Panth�on Sorbonne. He is the leading figure among French historians who have concentrated on "ordinary people." Known for his originality and iconoclastic work, Corbin is the author of The Foul and the Fragrant, The Lure of the Sea,and, most recently, Village Bells: The Culture of the Senses in Nineteenth-Century French Countryside.He lives in Paris, France.

Foreword
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Unconsciousness and the First Premises of Desire
The Roots of Fear and Repulsion
The First Steps towards Admiration
The Pattern of a New Pleasure
A New Harmony between the Body and the Sea
Penetrating the World's Enigmas
The Freshness of Wonder
The Ephemeral Journey
The Growing Complexity of the Social Spectacle
The Visit to the Harbour
The Encyclopaedia of the Strands
A World of Transparent Characters
The Pathos of the Shores and their Metamorphoses
Inventing the Beach
Conclusion
Considerations of Method
Notes
Index
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