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Victorian vulgarity : taste in verbal and visual culture

Author: Susan David Bernstein; Elsie B Michie
Publisher: Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Originally describing language use and class position, vulgarity became, over the course of the nineteenth century, a word with wider social implications. Variously associated with behavior, the possession of wealth, different races, sexuality and gender, the objects displayed in homes, and ways of thinking and feeling, vulgarity suggested matters of style, taste, and comportment. This collection examines the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan David Bernstein; Elsie B Michie
ISBN: 9780754664055 0754664058
OCLC Number: 276228970
Description: x, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Varieties of vulgarity / Elsie B. Michie and Susan David Bernstein --
The vulgarity of elegance : social mobility, middle-class diction, and the Victorian novel / Beth Newman --
Wulgarity and witality : on making a spectacle of oneself in Pickwick / James Buzard --
Rudeness, slang, and obscenity : working-class politics in London labour and the London poor / Ellen Bayuk Rosenman --
Vulgar Christianity / Elsie B. Michie --
Breeding, education, and vulgarity : George Gissing and the lower-middle classes / Rosemary Jann --
Too common readers at the British Museum / Susan David Bernstein --
"A religion of pots and pans" : Jewish materialism and spiritual materiality in Israel Zangwill's Children of the ghetto / Meri-Jane Rochelson --
Gross vulgarity and the domestic ideal : Anthony Trollope's The small house at Allington / Carolyn Dever --
"It went through and through me like an electric shock" : celebrating vulgar female desire and the realist novel in Trollope's Ayala's angel / Deborah Denenholz Morse --
Vulgarity, stupidity, and worldliness in Middlemarch / Joseph Litvak --
Poison books and moving pictures : vulgarity in The picture of Dorian Gray / Ronald R. Thomas --
James Tissot's "coloured photographs of vulgar society" / Nancy Rose Marshall --
Vulgar India from nabobs to nationalism : imperial reversals and the mediation of art / Julie F. Codell --
Afterword : How Victorian was vulgarity? / John Kucich.
Responsibility: edited by Susan David Bernstein and Elsie B. Michie.

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