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Moral Taste: Aesthetics, Subjectivity, and Social Power in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Moral Taste: Aesthetics, Subjectivity, and Social Power in the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Paperback)

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One of the particular concerns of the Victorians was the notion of 'taste' and the idea that good taste in any field - clothing, decor, landscape, music, art, even food - meant good taste in all, and that tastefulness was a reliable sign of moral sensitivity, indeed of national, even racial, quality. 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. 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 addition, this study demonstrates how the discourse of taste engenders a wider discourse about middle-class subjectivity and entitlement, national character, and racial identity in the period.

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismReportage & collected journalismEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural history Publisher: University of Toronto Press Publication Date: 14/11/2009 ISBN-13: 9781442610811  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 14/11/2009.  

Marjorie Garson is a professor emerita in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.

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