The Consumption of Culture, 1600-1800: Image, Object, Text

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Psychology Press, 1997 - History - 548 pages
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The mapping of the consumption of culture reveals a complex cultural organization of economic transactions, social institutions and ideological apparatuses that continually redrew the boundaries between social classes, between public and private life, between high art and low, and between men and women. As an inquiry into the consumption rather than the production of culture, the present volume looks upon the history of aesthetic artifacts as a history of their diverse receptions. Questions about artistic or authorial intentionality and technique give way to questions about utility and meaning. As the essays show, audiences do not exist prior to cultural production, they are its effect. Culture does not become 'culture' until it is consumed. The twenty-six contributors come from a wide range of historically oriented fields (historians of society, politics, ideas, science, literature and the arts). In many cases their research suggests the new proximity of interests and methods that, under the rubric of 'cultural history', has cut across areas of specialization and traditional disciplinary boundaries. While widely different in their emphases and methodologies, all the authors share an interest in challenging our ideas of culture, canon, period, gender, class, public, private, production, and, of course, consumption.
 

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Contents

Subjective powers? Consumption the reading public and domestic woman
23
Reading women Text and image in eighteenthcentury England
42
Colonizing readers Review criticism and the formation of a reading public
54
Expanding on portraiture The market the public and the hierarchy
75
The abandoned hero The decline of state authority in the direction
89
Gombrich and the rise of landscape
103
British Romanticism gender and three women artists
121
The exchange of letters Early modern contradictions and postmodern
143
Signs and citizens Sign language and visual sign in the French Revolution
272
Outrages Sculpture and kingship in France after 1789
294
Dantes Restaurant The cultural work of experiment in early moder n
319
The most polite age and the most vicious Attitudes towards culture as
341
Politeness for plebes Consumption and social identity in early eighteenth
362
Emulative consumption and literacy The Harlot Moll Flanders and
383
La chose publique Hubert Roberts decorations for the petit salon
401
News from the New Exchange Commodity erotic fantasy and
419

Authormongering The editor between producer and consumer
166
Temple 17878
190
Shot from canons or Maria Edgeworth and the cultural production
193
Polygamy Pamela and the prerogative of empire
217
The good the bad and the impotent Imperialism and the politics
237
Fountains 17878
240
The states demand for accurate astronomical and navigational
263
Womens participation in the urban culture of early modern London
440
The immodesty of her sex Elisabeth VigeeLebrun and the Salon of 1783
455
Elegant females and gentlemen connoisseurs The commerce in culture
489
Social order and the domestic consumption of music The politics of sound
514
INDEX
535
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About the author (1997)

Ann Bermingham is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine.

Brewer is the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor in the Departments of English and History at the University of Chicago.

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