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The crisis of courtesy: studies in the conduct-book in Britain, 1600-1900

The crisis of courtesy: studies in the conduct-book in Britain, 1600-1900

Carré, Jacques

The Crisis of Courtesy examines the apparent decline of the courtesy-book in Britain after the 16th century and suggests that the matter of courtesy was disseminated into a broad range of literary genres such as poetry, the essay and the novel.The authors highlight the pervasive interest in conduct evinced in Georgian and Victorian literature. They show how it became an important source of inspiration for middle-class writers and artists who were eager to help their readers adapt to a changing society, but preferred to write in a humorous, satirical or imaginative vein rather than in a prescriptive manner.The book will be useful to the literary historian, as some major Augustan works such as those of Swift, Fielding and Hogarth are analysed from a new perspective

Article, Book. English.
Published Leiden: Brill, 1994
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Jacques Carré
ISBN: 9004100059, 9789004100053
Physical Description: vi,201p.
Series: Brill's studies in intellectual history ; v.51
Subject: Etiquette; Great Britain; 17th century; 19th century; Great Britain Social life and customs.; English literature; 18th century; Etiquette Great Britain History.
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Author note

Jacques Carré, Docteur-ès-Lettres (1980), is Professor of English at the Université Paris IV-Sorbonne. He has published extensively on the sociology of art and literature in 18th and 19th century Britain.

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The Crisis of Courtesy examines the apparent decline of the courtesy-book in Britain after the 16th century and suggests that the matter of courtesy was disseminated into a broad range of literary genres such as poetry, the essay and the novel.

The authors highlight the pervasive interest in conduct evinced in Georgian and Victorian literature. They show how it became an important source of inspiration for middle-class writers and artists who were eager to help their readers adapt to a changing society, but preferred to write in a humorous, satirical or imaginative vein rather than in a prescriptive manner.

The book will be useful to the literary historian, as some major Augustan works such as those of Swift, Fielding and Hogarth are analysed from a new perspective.

Reviews

"...un recueil de synthèse très agréable à lire qui traite d'un sujet rarement abordé; sa riche diversité ouvre de nouvelles perspectives de recherches aux historiens de la littérature, des idées et des mentalités."

Guyonne Leduc, Etudes Anglaises, T. XLVIII, N02, 1995.