Other Hogarth Aesthetics of Difference

ISBN-10: 0691010137

ISBN-13: 9780691010137

Edition: 2001

Authors: Bernadette Fort, Angela Rosenthal

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William Hogarth (1697-1764), famous for his satiric representations of high and low life in eighteenth-century London, took as one of his central artistic themes the staging of otherness and difference. In a groundbreaking book, a group of international art historians and cultural theorists investigates this major yet overlooked dimension of Hogarth's art and aesthetics. They show that, whether Hogarth depicts a harlot or a wealthy patroness, a gouty earl or a dissolute rake, a black servant or an effeminate parasite, issues of class, gender, and race reverberate throughout his paintings and prints and deeply inform his unique innovation, the Modern Moral Subject.Drawing on a broad array of methodologies, the authors of the fifteen essays gathered in this volume include the latest insights of cultural history, gender studies, and visual theory to look afresh at a constellation of themes and issues prominent in Hogarth's work: the construction of diverse social, sexual, and racial identities; the role of women in the family and the public sphere; the critique of a culture of increasing commodification and imperial expansion; issues of politics and patronage; the body as a bearer of aesthetic as well as erotic desire. The volume also features the autobiographical testimony of a contemporary black feminist artist who took Hogarth's work as an inspiration.By looking at this unsuspected dimension of Hogarth's work, The Other Hogarth both presents a revisionist perspective on the artist and invites us to read in his images the broader operations of eighteenth-century visual culture.In addition to the editors, the contributors to this volume are David Bindman, Patricia Crown, Mark Hallett, Lubaina Himid, Christina Kiaer, Sarah Maza, Richard Meyer, Frdric Oge, Amelia Rauser, Sean Shesgreen, David Solkin, Nadia Tscherny, James Grantham Turner, and Peter Wagner.
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List price: $67.50
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 6/10/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

The Analysis of Difference
A Harlot's Progress
A Rake's Progress
Marriage A-la-Mode
Crafting the Erotic Body
"A Wanton Kind of Chace": Display as Procurement in A Harlot's Progress and Its Reception
The Flesh of Theory: The Erotics of Hogarth's Lines
Professional Femininity in Hogarth's Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn
The Anatomy of Difference
Spotting the Symptoms: Hogarthian Bodies as Sites of Semantic Ambiguity
Unfolding Gender: Women and the "Secret" Sign Language of Fans in Hogarth's Work
Manly Satire: William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress
"Nature Revers'd": Satire and Homosexual Difference in Hogarth's London
Cultural Critique
The Fetish over the Fireplace: Disease as genius loci in Marriage A-la-Mode
Marriage in the French and English Manners: Hogarth and Abraham Bosse
An Un-Married Woman: Mary Edwards, William Hogarth, and a Case of Eighteenth-Century British Patronage
Hogarth's Working Women: Commerce and Consumption
Embodied Liberty: Why Hogarth's Caricature of John Wilkes Backfired
Race and Representation
"A Voluptuous Alliance between Africa and Europe": Hogarth's Africans
A Fashionable Marriage
Lubaina Himid's A Fashionable Marriage: A Post-Colonial Hogarthian "Dumb Show"
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