THE OTHER HOGARTH: Aesthetics of Difference


THE OTHER HOGARTH: Aesthetics of Difference

BERNADETTE FORT    Book Number: 67467    Product format: Paperback

William Hogarth (1697-1764), famous for his satirical cartoons representing 18th century London high and low life, took as one of his central themes the representation of otherness and difference, yet this has long been overlooked in appraisals of his work. In this sumptuously illustrated and groundbreaking book a group of internationally recognised art historians and cultural theorists investigates this dimension of Hogarth's art and aesthetics. What is immediately clear is that whoever Hogarth depicts, from a harlot to a wealthy patroness, gouty aristocrat to a shameless rake or street drunk, or a black servant to an effeminate parasite, issues of class, gender and race reverberate throughout and deeply inform his work. Drawing on a broad range of methodologies, the authors of the 15 essays collected here use the latest insights if cultural history, gender studies and visual theory to examine anew the vast range of themes and issues prominent in Hogarth's work. In particular these include his construction of a diverse range of social, sexual and racial identities, the role of women in the family and public sphere, the expansion of the British Empire, issues of politics and patronage, and the body as bearer of aesthetic as well as sexual desire. In scrutinising these and other previously unexamined dimensions of Hogarth's work, the book presents a revisionist perspective on the great satirist and invites us to re-interpret his images in the broader context of 18th century visual culture. 320pp softback, 8"×10" with 26 duotone and 129 b/w illus.
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ISBN 0691010137
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