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Fateful beauty : aesthetic environments, juvenile development, and literature 1860-1960, Douglas Mao

Label
Fateful beauty : aesthetic environments, juvenile development, and literature 1860-1960
Title
Fateful beauty
Title remainder
aesthetic environments, juvenile development, and literature 1860-1960
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Mao
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When Oscar Wilde said he had "seen wallpaper which must lead a boy brought up under its influence to a life of crime," his joke played on an idea that has often been taken quite seriously - both in Wilde's day and in our own. In Fateful Beauty, Douglas Mao recovers the lost intellectual, social, and literary history of the belief that the beauty - or ugliness - of the environment in which one is raised influences or even determines one's fate. Weaving together readings in literature, psychology, biology, philosophy, education, child-rearing advice, and interior design, he shows how this idea abetted a dramatic rise in attention to environment in many discourses and in many practices affecting the lives of the young between the late nineteenth century and the middle of the twentieth. Through original and detailed analyses of Wilde, Walter Pater, James Joyce, Theodore Dreiser, Rebecca West, and W. H. Auden, Mao shows that English-language writing of this period was informed in crucial but previously unrecognized ways by the possibility that beautiful environments might produce better people. He also reveals how these writers shared concerns about environment, evolution, determinism, freedom, and beauty with scientists and social theorists such as Herbert Spencer, Hermann von Helmholtz, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, and W. H. R. Rivers. In so doing, Mao challenges conventional views of the roles of beauty and the aesthetic in art and life during this time."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mao, Douglas
Dewey number
801/.93
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN761
LC item number
.M26 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature, Modern
  • Literature, Modern
  • Literature and society
  • Literature
Label
Fateful beauty : aesthetic environments, juvenile development, and literature 1860-1960, Douglas Mao
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [289]-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Talking about beauty -- Stealthy environments -- Aestheticism's environments -- Aesthetics of acuteness -- Tropisms of longing -- Great house and super-cortex -- Growing up awry
Control code
166273813
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 319 pages
Isbn
9780691133485
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007034637
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)166273813
Label
Fateful beauty : aesthetic environments, juvenile development, and literature 1860-1960, Douglas Mao
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [289]-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Talking about beauty -- Stealthy environments -- Aestheticism's environments -- Aesthetics of acuteness -- Tropisms of longing -- Great house and super-cortex -- Growing up awry
Control code
166273813
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 319 pages
Isbn
9780691133485
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007034637
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)166273813

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