A Literary and Cultural History
Faye Hammill is Professor of English at the University of Strathclyde and the author of 'Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History' (Liverpool University Press, 2010).
List of illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Reading sophistication 1. Scandal, sentiment and shepherdesses: the emergence of modern sophistication 2. Childhood, consumption and decadence: Victorian and Edwardian sophistication 3. Melancholy, modernity and the middlebrow: the twenties and thirties 4. Nostalgia, glamour and excess: the postwar decades Conclusion: ‘The problem of leisure’: millennial sophistication Bibliography Index
An innovative, well-written and clearly structured book, well-researched in terms of literary and cultural history... Its principal contribution is the establishment of productive links between the study of literature, fashion and technology in a wide historical scope, from Sentimentalism to late Modernism. This makes the book a unique contribution to both literary and cultural studies.
ESSE 2012 Judging Panel (Winner of 2012 Book Award for Literatures in the English Language)
Each chapter is rich with fresh observations that make this book a pleasure to read. At every moment, the reader feels in the hands of a trusted guide whose well-written prose offers a helpful template for sorting through a mass of diverse literature.
A book for those interested in how cultural values and therefore human behavior change over time. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above.
Choice, Vol. 48, No. 5
Hammill’s highly original work has impressive breadth – roughly from 18th century to the present – and covers an remarkable number of the essential literary texts on the topic from Sheridan and Jane Austen to Sophia Coppola.
University of Louisville
Original in focus, critically nuanced and written with humour and élan, Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History is smart, subtle and intelligent; much like its subject.
Deborah Longworth Times Higher Education
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: May 1, 2010