Monstrous Beauty: Eighteenth-Century Fashion and the Aesthetics of the Chinese Taste

  title={Monstrous Beauty: Eighteenth-Century Fashion and the Aesthetics of the Chinese Taste},
  author={David L. Porter},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Studies},
  pages={395 - 411}
  • D. Porter
  • Published 1 April 2002
  • Art
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
My topic, broadly speaking, is the aesthetics of exoticism. What are the origins and cultural significance of that seductive allure we identify with aestheticized emblems of otherness? How can their uncontested appeal in the modern world be understood from the complementary vantage points of consumer culture and the philosophy of art? There are few richer contexts within which to explore these questions than early eighteenth-century Britain. The period once known best for the stately couplets… 

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