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Author Cleere, Eileen.

Title The Sanitary Arts Aesthetic Culture and the Victorian Cleanliness Campaigns / Eileen Cleere.

Publication Info. Columbus : Ohio State University Press, 2014.
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2014

Item Status

Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (pages cm.)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This is the first book-length manuscript to investigate the protracted collusion between Victorian sanitary interests and nineteenth-century aesthetic philosophy. Cleere challenges standard accounts of mid-Victorian sanitation reform by focusing on the aesthetic transformations brought about by the changing ideas regarding health and cleanliness. Drawing from an array of texts that inform her research agenda--including canonical and non-canonical fiction, scientific studies, art history, and home decoration manuals--Cleere links these seemingly disparate works to demonstrate how they are connected at the level of discourse and ideologies of harmony"-- Provided by publisher.
"Eileen Cleere argues in this interdisciplinary study that mid-century discoveries about hygiene and cleanliness not only influenced public health, civic planning, and medical practice but also powerfully reshaped the aesthetic values of the British middle class. By focusing on paintings, domestic architecture, and interior design, The Sanitary Arts: Aesthetic Culture and the Victorian Cleanliness Campaigns shows that the "sanitary aesthetic" significantly transformed the taste of the British public over the nineteenth century by equating robust health and cleanliness with new definitions of beauty and new experiences of aisthesis. Covering everything from connoisseurs to custodians, Cleere demonstrates that Victorian art critics, engineers, and architects-and even novelists from George Eliot to Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mary Young to Sarah Grand-all participated in a vital cultural debate over hygiene, cleanliness, and aesthetic enlightenment. The Sanitary Arts covers the mid-forties controversy over cleaning the dirt from the pictures in the National Gallery, the debate over decorative "dust traps" in the overstuffed Victorian home, and the late-century proliferation of hygienic breeding principles as a program of aesthetic perfectibility, to demonstrate the unintentionally collaborative work of seemingly unrelated events and discourses. Bringing figures like Edwin Chadwick and John Ruskin into close conversation about the sanitary status of beauty in a variety of forms and environments, Cleere forcefully demonstrates that aesthetic development and scientific discovery can no longer be understood as separate or discrete forces of cultural change"-- Provided by publisher.
Local Note Project Muse Project Muse Open Access
Subject LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Hygiene -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Sanitation -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Sanitation in art.
Sanitation in literature.
Social values -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Art and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Aestheticism (Literature)
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Project Muse. distributor
ISBN 9780814273159
9780814212585 (cloth)
0814212581 (cloth)