Revolutions in Taste, 1773-1818: Women Writers and the Aesthetics of Romanticism

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Literary Criticism - 198 pages
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How and to what extent did women writers shape and inform the aesthetics of Romanticism? Were undervalued genres such as romance, gothic fiction, the tale, and the sentimental and philosophical novel part of a revolution leading to newer, more democratic models of taste? This study answers these questions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Real Solemn History Rethinking Tradition
13
Fashions Brightest Arts Decoy Fashion and Originality
45
Disinterest Economics and the Tasteful Spectator
75
Selfcontrol Romantic Psychologies of Taste
103
Rustic Tastes The Romantic Tale
135
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Fiona Price is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chichester. She has published on eighteenth-century aesthetics, Romantic women's writing, and Scottish Common Sense Philosophy. She is also editor of Jane Porter's novel The Scottish Chiefs (1810; 2007).

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