Pleasure Wars: The Bourgeois Experience Victoria to Freud (The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 1999 - History - 324 pages
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A master historian shows us a new side of the Victorian Era--the role of the Bourgeois as reactionaries, revolutionaries, and middle-of-the-roaders in the passage of high culture toward modernism.

The Victorians in this richly peopled narrative maneuvered through decades marked by frequent shifts in taste, some seeking safety in traditional styles, others drawn to the avant-garde of artists, composers, and writers. Peter Gay's panoramic survey offers a fresh view of the ideas and sensibilities that dominated Victorian culture.
  

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Contents

Definitions
3
Bourgeoisophobes
24
ONE The Political Economy of Art
46
TWO The Geography of Taste
75
THREE Acknowledged Legislators
104
FOUR Hunters and Gatherers
137
FIVE Movers and Shakers
165
x Modernism
192
CODA A Bourgeois Experience
230
Notes
245
Bibliographical Essay
267
Acknowledgments
303
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About the author (1999)

Peter Gay is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. He lives in New York City.

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