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Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

British Aestheticism and the Urban Working Classes, 1870-1900

Beauty for the People

Authors: Maltz, D.

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This cultural study reveals the interdependence between British Aestheticism and late-Victorian social-reform movements. Following their mentor John Ruskin who believed in art's power to civilize the poor, cultural philanthropists promulgated a Religion of Beauty as they advocated practical schemes for tenement reform, university-settlement education, Sunday museum opening, and High Anglican revival. Although subject to novelist's ambivalent, even satirical, representations, missionary aesthetes nevertheless constituted an influential social network, imbuing fin-de-siecle artistic communities with political purpose and political lobbies with aesthetic sensibility.

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DIANA MALTZ is an Associate Professor of English Literature at Southern Oregon University, USA.

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'...this book signals the rich possibilities for future studies in the field as it contributes to a continuing reassessment of the Aesthetic Movement.' - Morna O'Neill, Visual Culture


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • What is Missionary Aestheticism? An Introduction

    Maltz, Diana

    Pages 1-18

  • The Social Strands of Aestheticism

    Maltz, Diana

    Pages 19-40

  • Octavia Hill and the Aesthetics of Victorian Tenement Reform

    Maltz, Diana

    Pages 41-66

  • ‘In ample halls adorned with mysterious things aesthetic’: Toynbee Hall as Aesthetic Haven

    Maltz, Diana

    Pages 67-97

  • The Museum Opening Debate and the Combative Discourses of Sabbatarianism and Missionary Aestheticism

    Maltz, Diana

    Pages 98-131

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Aestheticism and the Urban Working Classes, 1870-1900
Book Subtitle
Beauty for the People
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-50405-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230504059
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-4569-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52314-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 290
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