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The Body

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...In the engraving entitled The Modern Venus, or a Lady of the Present Fashion in the State of Nature (1786) we see the depiction of a pair of vastly outsized female buttocks and breasts. According to the subtitle of the print, “This...

Production and Distribution

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Age of Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...In the twilight of a Paris evening, the colonne Vendôme rises in the background, and twinkling shops close for the night as groups of smartly-dressed women stroll along the rue de la Paix, some released from their day’s work at the Maison...

Urban Sensations

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...Part I A sensory appreciation of the city does not begin and end in the stones of its architecture, that is to say, in a nature morte or still life. It goes far beyond this materiality. A city’s sounds, odors, and movement make up...

War

A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Messieurs les Anglais, tirez les premiers! (“English gentlemen, fire first!”). With these words, or something approximating them, a French aristocrat famously offered his British enemies the honor of delivering the first volley of musket...

Philosophical Beliefs

A Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...During the eighteenth century, the question of animals acquired a new philosophical importance.The present chapter is based on a selection of passages from Jean-Luc Guichet, Rousseau, l’animal et l’homme: L’animalité dans l’horizon...

Blindness

A Cultural History of Disability in the Long Eighteenth Century Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Cultural History Chapter

...The opposition between blindness and sight is no ordinary one in the European cultural tradition, in which sight and light are powerful metaphors, notably for faith and knowledge (Jay 1993). It is a tradition populated by figures who...
...Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu I have insisted elsewhere (see Rocamora 2001, 2002, 2006 forthcoming) on the significance of the process of symbolic production of fashion. Fashion is both a material and a symbolic reality. Its...

The Environment of Theatre: Power, Resistance and Commerce

Mechele Leon

Mechele Leon is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...Histories of theatre typically focus on what goes on inside a playhouse – on performances that take place within theatre buildings – and the buildings themselves. We do not often think about theatre within the larger context of the physical...

The Social Life of the Senses

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...The senses have, by now, thoroughly infiltrated the study of social life in the eighteenth-century West. The Foul and the Fragrant, Tastes of Paradise, Intimate Vision: such book titles suggest that we are now routinely called upon...

Public and Private

A Cultural History of Women in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...There is no question that the Enlightenment, as an intellectual and social movement, possessed universal aspirations. In practice, as this volume demonstrates, it transcended national boundaries. Yet perhaps no country is as closely...