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SophisticationA Literary and Cultural History$
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Faye Hammill

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312328

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316111

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Introduction: Reading Sophistication

Introduction: Reading Sophistication

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(p.1) Introduction: Reading Sophistication
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Sophistication
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846312328.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about sophistication, literature, and modernity. It explains that the earlier meanings of sophistication include falsification, specious fallacy, and disingenuity. This volume traces the history of the changes in the meaning of sophistication over the period from the eighteenth century to the present, focusing primarily on the way sophistication has been inscribed into literary texts. It also analyses the politics of sophistication in relation to class, taste, cultural hierarchy, gender, and sexuality.

Keywords:   sophistication, literature, modernity, literary texts, class, taste, cultural hierarchy, gender, sexuality

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