The Resource The bad taste of others : judging literary value in eighteenth-century France, Jennifer Tsien

The bad taste of others : judging literary value in eighteenth-century France, Jennifer Tsien

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The bad taste of others : judging literary value in eighteenth-century France
Title
The bad taste of others
Title remainder
judging literary value in eighteenth-century France
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Tsien
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"An act of bad taste was more than a faux pas to French philosophers of the Enlightenment. To Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and others, bad taste in the arts could be a sign of the decline of a civilization. These intellectuals, faced with the potential chaos of an expanding literary market, created seals of disapproval in order to shape the literary and cultural heritage of France in their image. In The Bad Taste of Others Jennifer Tsien examines the power of ridicule and exclusion to shape the period's aesthetics. Tsien reveals how the philosophes consecrated themselves as the protectors of true French culture modeled on the classical, the rational, and the orderly. Their anxiety over the invasion of the Republic of Letters by hordes of hacks caused them to devise standards that justified the marginalization of worldy women, "barbarians," and plebeians. While critics avoided strict definitions of good taste, they wielded the term "bad taste" against all popular works they wished to erase from the canon of French literature, including Renaissance poetry, biblical drama, the burlesque theater of the previous century, the essays of Montaigne, and genres associated with the so-called précieuses. Tsien's study draws attention to long-disregarded works of salon culture, such as the énigmes, and offers a new perspective on the critical legacy of Voltaire. The philosophes' open disdain for the undiscerning reading public challenges the belief that the rise of aesthetics went hand in hand with Enlightenment ideas of equality and relativism."--Project Muse
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Cataloging source
MdBmJHUP
Dewey number
840.9/005
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ265
LC item number
T75 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The bad taste of others : judging literary value in eighteenth-century France, Jennifer Tsien
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Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn805444135
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (267 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812205121
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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22573/ctt35d9q0
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.b29270042
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)805444135
  • pebcs081220512X

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