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Moral taste : aesthetics, subjectivity and social power in the nineteenth-century novel

Author: Marjorie Garson
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©2007.
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"Drawing on the theories of Pierre Bourdieu, Marjorie Garson discusses a number of Victorian texts that treat aesthetic refinement as an essential mark of proper middle-class subjectivity. She situates each text in its historical moment and considers it in the light of contemporary anxieties, providing insights into why certain ways of representing and endorsing tastefulness remained serviceable for many decades. In  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Garson, Marjorie.
Moral taste.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2007
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marjorie Garson
ISBN: 9780802091383 0802091385 9781442610811 1442610816
OCLC Number: 71540266
Awards: Winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award 2008 (United States)
Description: 483 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The discourse of taste in Waverley --
A room with a viewer : the evolution of a Victorian topos --
Resources and performance : Mansfield Park and Emma --
The improvement of the estate : J.C. Loudon and some spaces in Dickens --
Charlotte Brontë : sweetness and colour --
North and South : 'stately simplicity' --
The importance of being consistent : culture and commerce in Middlemarch.
Responsibility: Marjorie Garson.
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Moral Taste is a study of the ideological work done by the equation of good taste and moral refinement in a selection of nineteenth-century writings.  Read more...


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