British Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century
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320 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

10 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Studies in the Eighteenth Century

Imprint: Boydell Press

British Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century

Challenging the Anglo-French Connection

Edited by Valérie Capdeville and Alain Kerhervé

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This innovative collection explores how a distinctively British model of sociability developed in the period from the Restoration of Charles II to the early nineteenth century through a complex process of appropriation, emulationand resistance to what was happening in France and other parts of Europe.
The study of sociability in the long eighteenth century has long been dominated by the example of France. In this innovative collection, we see how a distinctively British model of sociability developed in the period from the Restoration of Charles II to the early nineteenth century through a complex process of appropriation, emulation and resistance to what was happening in France and other parts of Europe.
The contributors use a wide range of sources - from city plans to letter-writing manuals, from the writings of Edmund Burke to poems and essays about the social practices of the tea table, and a variety of methodological approaches to explore philosophical, political and social aspects of the emergence of British sociability in this period. They create a rounded picture of sociability as it happened in public, private and domestic settings - in Masonic lodges and radical clubs, in painting academies and private houses - and compare specific examples and settings with equivalents in France, bringing out for instance the distinctively homo-social and predominantly masculine form of British sociability, the role of sociabilitywithin a wider national identity still finding its way after the upheaval of civil war and revolution in the seventeenth century, and the almost unique capacity of the British model of sociability to benefit from its own apparenttensions and contradictions.

VALÉRIE CAPDEVILLE is Senior Lecturer in British Civilisation at the University of Paris 13.

ALAIN KERHERVÉ is Professor of British Studies at the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines Victor Segalan, University of West Brittany (UBO Brest).
CONTRIBUTORS: Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire, Valérie Capdeville, Michèle Cohen, Norbert Col, Annick Cossic, Brian Cowan, Rémy Duthille, Markman Ellis, Allan Ingram, Emrys Jones, Alain Kerhevé, Elisabeth Martichou, Marie-Madeleine Martinet, Ian Newman, Jane Rendall
Foreword - Michèle Cohen
Introduction - Valérie Capdeville and Alain Kerhervé
'Restoration' England and the History of Sociability - Brian Cowan
Mapping Sociability on Restoration Townscapes - Marie-Madeleine Martinet
Club Sociability and the Emergence of New 'Sociable' Practices - Valérie Capdeville
The Tea-table, Women, and Gossip in Early Eighteenth-Century Britain - Markman Ellis
'Amateurs' vs. Connoisseurs in French and English Academies of Painting - Elisabeth Martichou
Masonic Connections and Rivalries between France and Britain - Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire
Competing Models of Sociability: Smollett's Repossession of an Ailing British Body - Annick Cossic
A Theory of British Epistolary Sociability? - Alain Kerhervé
Gender and the Practices of Polite Sociability in Late Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh - Jane Rendall
In Company and Out: The Public/Private Selves of Johnson and Boswell - Allan Ingram
Friendship and Unsociable Sociability in Eighteenth-Century Literature - Emrys Jones
The Anti-social Convivialist: Toasting and Resistance to Sociability - Ian Newman
Sociability and the Glorious Revolution: A Dubious Connection in Burke's Philosophy - Norbert Col
Respectability vs Political Agency: A Dilemma for British Radical Societies - Remy Duthille
Conclusion - Valérie Capdeville
"This volume is a great tribute to the exciting and vibrant research taking place in the history of eighteenth-century British sociability. . . . Wide-ranging and eclectic in its methodological and thematic approach, it is clear that this volume will appeal to a wide range of scholars, whether approaching this from a historical, literary, philosophical, political, or social perspective." H-NET

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Title Details

320 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

10 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Studies in the Eighteenth Century

Imprint: Boydell Press