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The Temporality of Taste in Eighteenth-Century British Writing

James Noggle

Abstract

Is taste for beauty a quick, momentary experience in the individual mind? Or something durable, shaped by slow, historical processes, affecting groups of people at different times and places? British writers in the eighteenth century believed it is both, and the tension between these temporal poles shaped the meaning of taste in the period and set a course for aesthetics in following centuries. Focusing on writing in many genres—from the poetry of Alexander Pope to the historiography and philosophy of David Hume, from travel writing about Stowe Landscape Garden to essays by Hannah More and Ann ... More

Keywords: taste, temporality, eighteenth century, Britain/British, literature, modernity, poetry, fiction, historiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642434.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Noggle, author
Professor of English, Wellesley College