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Fateful Beauty : Aesthetic Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature, 1860-1960.

Author/Creator:
Mao, Douglas.
Publication:
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2008.
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Subjects:
Literature, Modern -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and society.
Literature -- Aesthetics.
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Electronic books.
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 the 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. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.
Contents:
Cover
Title Page
Copyright information
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction: Talking about Beauty
Chapter One: Stealthy Environments
Guarded Moments
Significant Surroundings
The Unconscious before Freud
Secrets of the Aesthetic
Chapter Two: Aestheticism's Environments
Walter Pater and the Child in the House
Oscar Wilde and the Making of the Soul
Beauty and Freedom
Chapter Three: Aesthetics of Acuteness
Aestheticism, Naturalism, Pater, Zola, Joyce, Dreiser
Chemical Action Set Up in the Soul
Why _Integritas_
Chapter Four: Tropisms of Longing
Compulsions of the Body
Insidious Beauty
Onward, Onward
Chapter Five: Great House and Super-Cortex
West's Ancestral Enclosures
Excitatory Complexes
Cultivating Treason
Chapter Six: Growing Up Awry
Auden's Hothouse Plants
Evolution and Individuation
Showing Off, Setting Off
Epilogue
Notes
Notes to Introduction
Notes to Chapter One
Notes to Chapter Two
Notes to Chapter Three
Notes to Chapter Four
Notes to Chapter Five
Notes to Chapter Six
References
Index
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I, J, K, L
M
N, O, P
R, S
T, U, V, W
Y, Z.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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Print version: Mao, Douglas Fateful Beauty
ISBN:
9781400832804
9780691146614
OCLC:
692156954