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Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716-1818

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ISBN-10: 0521607108

ISBN-13: 9780521607100

Edition: N/A

Authors: Elizabeth A. Bohls, Marilyn Butler, James Chandler

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British readers of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries eagerly consumed books of travel in an age of imperial expansion that was also the formative period of modern aesthetics. Beauty, sublimity, sensuous surfaces, and scenic views became conventions of travel writing as Britons applied familiar terms to unfamiliar places around the globe. The social logic of aesthetics, argues Elizabeth Bohls, constructed women, the labouring classes, and non-Europeans as foils against which to define the 'man of taste' as an educated, property-owning gentleman. Women writers from Mary Wortley Montagu to Mary Shelley resisted this exclusion from gentlemanly privilege, and their writings…    
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.82" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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