- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
Currently out of stock.
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Other titles in the Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History series:
Enlightened Pleasures: Eighteenth-Century France and the New Epicureanism (Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Histo)by Thomas M. Kavanagh
Synopses & Reviews
Novelists, artists, and philosophers of the eighteenth century understood pleasure as a virtueand#8212;a gift to be shared with oneand#8217;s companion, with a reader, or with the public.and#160;In this daring new book, Thomas Kavanagh overturns the prevailing scholarly tradition that views eighteenth-century France primarily as the incubator of the Revolution.and#160; Instead, Kavanagh demonstrates how the art and literature of the era put the experience of pleasure at the center of the cultural agenda, leadingand#160;to advances in both ethics and aesthetics.
Kavanagh shows that pleasure is not necessarily hedonistic or opposed to Enlightenment ideals in general; rather, he argues that the pleasure of individuals is necessary for the welfare of theirand#160;community.
About the Author
Thomas M. Kavanagh, the Augustus R. Street Professor of French and department chair at Yale University, is the author of Dice, Cards, Wheels: A Different History of French Culture. He lives in Woodbridge, CT.
What Our Readers Are Saying
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present