The Lure of the Sea - Alain Corbin (Paperback)

The Discovery of the Seaside in the Western World 1750-1840

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Barcode
9780140247992
Department
Books
Released
1 Nov 1995
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Alain Corbin
Jocelyn Phelps (Translator)
Subtitle
The Discovery of the Seaside in the Western World 1750-1840
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Edition
Reprint
Series
Penguin history
Language
English
Number of Pages
400
Dimensions
197 x 133 x 25mm (295g)

Summary

This wonderful book explores the dramatic change in Western attitude toward the sea and seaside pleasures that occurred between 1750 and 1840. Interest in travel; the arrival of landscape painting, geology, and natural theology; fashions in medicine and the advent of the bathing-machine; the emergence of Romanticism and the Sublime—these are only some of the elements that helped transform perceptions.
 
There was no sea in the Garden of Eden, and for centuries the Earth’s ocean was looked upon with hostility, as a chaotic remnant of the flood. But by the time Jane Austen wrote Sandition—perhaps the first ‘seaside’ novel—in 1817, the sea and shore had come to be viewed as something intensely and sensuously pleasurable, with beach holidays all the rage in new resorts from Brighton and Scarborough to Dieppe.
 
“A compact and brilliant taxonomy of the shifting meanings of the sea and shore.”—The New York Review of Books

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Nature/Ecology
BISAC Subject 1
Nature / General
BISAC Subject 2
History / World
BISAC Subject 3
History / World
BIC Classification 1
Sociology: sport & leisure
BIC Classification 2
Water sports & recreations
BIC Classification 3
History of ideas
BIC Classification 4
Social & cultural history
Library Subject 1
Seashore
Dewey Classification
508