By Lucy Hartley
May perhaps the self-interested pursuit of good looks really support to set up the ethical and political norms that let democratic society to flourish? during this e-book, Lucy Hartley identifies a brand new language for talking approximately good looks, which starts to be articulated from the 1830s in a weather of political reform and turns into associated with rising beliefs of equality, liberty, and individuality. interpreting British artwork and paintings writing by means of Charles Lock Eastlake, John Ruskin, Walter Pater, Edward Poynter, William Morris, and John Addington Symonds, Hartley strains a debate approximately what it skill to have an interest in good looks and no matter if this preoccupation is critical to public political lifestyles. Drawing jointly political historical past, paintings heritage, and theories of society, and supplemented by means of quite a few illustrations, Democratising attractiveness in Nineteenth-Century Britain bargains a clean interdisciplinary figuring out of the relation of paintings to its publics.
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