The Crisis of Courtesy: Studies in the Conduct-Book in Britain, 1600-1900

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Jacques Carré
BRILL, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 201 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Tradition of Della Casas Galateo in English
11
Renaissance Courtesy
27
Conductbooks and ChapLiterature
41
Subversive Lessons on Conduct
51
The CourtesyBook and the PhraseBook in Modern Europe
65
Jonathan Swift and Polite
81
a Courtesy Guide to Joseph
93
The Man of Taste as Social Model or Sense and Sensibility
119
Pope Shenstone Mason
129
Patmores The Angel in
145
The Lady and the Poor Man or the Philanthropists Etiquette
157
Advice
167
A Short Bibliography of ConductBooks Published in Britain 1500
183
Note on contributors
195
List of illustrations 202

Lord Chesterfields Letters as ConductBooks
105

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About the author (1994)

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

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