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Pleasure in the Eighteenth Century

Porter, Roy; Roberts, Marie Mulvey

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ISBN 10: 0814766447 / ISBN 13: 9780814766446
Published by New York Univ Pr, 1996
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Title: Pleasure in the Eighteenth Century

Publisher: New York Univ Pr

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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Pleasure, wrote Oscar Wilde, is the only thing worth having a theory about. In Pleasure in the Eighteenth Century, Roy Porter and Marie Mulvey Roberts question the idea of pleasure as unmediated, natural experience. To what extent was pleasure stage-managed to make it socially, morally, and politically acceptable?

Taking its cue from Michel Foucault, this volume represents a stunning example of the pleasures of analysis, a place where discourse about pleasure is a pleasure in its own right. From cross-dressing to feasting, music to charity work, the essays in this volume probe the foundations of eighteenth-century society while entertaining the reader vicariously with their tales of vanished delights.

About the Author:

Roy Porter is Professor of the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, and author of a number of books including London: A Social History.



Marie Mulvey Roberts is Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of West England and author of British Poets and Secret Societies and Gothic Immortals.

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