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Bachelors of a different sort : queer aesthetics, material culture and the modern interior in Britain

Author: John Potvin
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, New York : Distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan 2014. ©2014
Series: Studies in design.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The bachelor has long held an ambivalent, uncomfortable and even at times unfriendly position in society. This book carefully considers the complicated relationships between the modern queer bachelor and interior design, material culture and aesthetics in Britain between 1885 and 1957. The seven deadly sins of the modern bachelor (queerness, idolatry, askesis, decadence, decoration, glamour and artifice) comprise a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Ronald Sutherland Gower, Lord; Charles S Ricketts; Charles Shannon; Oscar Wilde; Alfred Waterhouse Somerset Taylor; Edward Perry Warren; Cedric Morris; Arthur Lett Haines; Noel Coward; Cecil Beaton; Oscar Wilde; Edward Perry Warren; Charles Shannon; Charles S Ricketts; Cedric Morris; Arthur Lett Haines; Ronald Sutherland Gower, Lord; Noel Coward; Cecil Beaton; Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton; Noël Coward; Ronald Sutherland Gower; Arthur Lett-Haines; Cedric Morris; Charles S Ricketts; Charles Hazelwood Shannon; Edward Perry Warren; Oscar Wilde; Ronald Sutherland Gower, Lord; Charles S Ricketts; Charles Haslewood Shannon; Oscar Wilde; Alfred Waterhouse Somerset Taylor; Edward Perry Warren; Cedric Morris; Arthur Lett Haines; Noel Coward; Cecil Beaton
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Potvin
ISBN: 9780719084997 0719084997 9781784991098 1784991090
OCLC Number: 869904722
Awards: Winner of Historians of British Art book prize for a single-author work relating to a period after 1800 2016 (UK)
Description: xvi, 311 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Men of a different sort: the seven deadly sins of the modern bachelor --
I. Wilde Spaces: 2.`God Save the Queen': Lord Gower, idolatry and the cult of the bric-à-brac diva; 3. Vale(d) decadence: Charles Ricketts, Charles Shannon and the Wilde factor --
II. Country Living: 4. Askesis and the Greek ideal: Edward Perry Warren and Lewes House; 5. Of art and irises: Cedric Morris, Arthur Lett-Haines and the decorative ideal --
III. Stage Design for Living: 6. Coward in the room: interwar glamour and the performances of a queer modernity; 7. Cecil Beaton: artifice as resistance; 8. Conclusion: manifesto for a queer home of One's own.
Series Title: Studies in design.
Responsibility: John Potvin.
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