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The bourgeois experience : Victoria to Freud

Author: Peter Gay
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1984-©1998.
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Whereas Education of the Senses focused on the sexual attitudes and practices of the nineteenth-century bourgeoisie, The Tender Passion concentrates on their notions of love. No less revisionist than he was in his first volume, Gay argues here that the Victorians were able not only to enjoy their sexuality but to know love in its most exalted sense. The realities of love for the Victorians, he shows, came much  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gay, Peter, 1923-
Bourgeois experience.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1984-©1998
(OCoLC)566202191
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Gay
ISBN: 0195033523 9780195033526 0195037413 9780195037418 0393033988 9780393033984 0393038130 9780393038132 0393045706 9780393045703 0195037286 9780195037289 0195051831 9780195051834
OCLC Number: 9489007
Notes: Vols. 3-5: 1st ed.
Vols. 3-5 published: New York : Norton.
Description: 5 volumes : illustrations ; 24-25 cm
Contents: V. 1. Education of the senses --
v. 2. The tender passion --
v. 3. The cultivation of hatred --
v. 4. The naked heart --
v. 5. Pleasure wars.
Other Titles: Education of the senses.
Tender passion.
Cultivation of hatred.
Naked heart.
Pleasure wars.
Responsibility: Peter Gay.
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Whereas Education of the Senses focused on the sexual attitudes and practices of the nineteenth-century bourgeoisie, The Tender Passion concentrates on their notions of love. No less revisionist than he was in his first volume, Gay argues here that the Victorians were able not only to enjoy their sexuality but to know love in its most exalted sense. The realities of love for the Victorians, he shows, came much closer to their ideals than many have thought. Gay delves into a huge body of material, from philosophical treatises to medical texts, from letters and diaries to works of fiction. The book is replete with fascinating insights into the lives and works of individual Victorians, Dickens, Stendhal, Wagner, Oscar Wilde, Beatrice Potter and Sydney Webb, among them, and his discussions range from the "discovery" of homosexuality to the ways love was diverted or disguised in music and religion.

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