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Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History

Faye Hammill


In an era obsessed with celebrity and glamour, ‘sophistication’ has come to be perceived as the most desirable of human qualities, but it was not always so. This book explores how a word that once meant falsification and perversion came to be regarded as signifying discrimination and refinement. The author provides a literary, linguistic and cultural route from the Romantics, via the emergence of the Dandy and then of Modernism, to that most sophisticated of figures, Noël Coward, and on to the meaning of sophistication in the twenty–first century. Ranging widely across historical documents, ma ... More

Keywords: celebrity, glamour, sophistication, discrimination, Romantics, Dandies, Modernism, Noël Coward, falsification, perversion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781846312328
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316111


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Faye Hammill, author