About this item
Mess is age-old and universal, both as phenomenon and as topic. The evidence collected in this book suggests, however, that the second half of the 19th century saw the first stirrings in Western culture of a primary interest in mess for its own sake.
Messes, like modern identities, happen by accident; their representation, in painting and fiction, made it possible to think boldly and inventively about chance. Ranging widely from Turner to Courbet, Cezanne, and Degas, and from Melville to Maupassant, Chekhov, Gissing, and the New Woman writers, this book outlines a style of commentary on modern life in which the ancient dichotomy of order and chaos (culture and anarchy) was supplanted, at least temporarily, by a distinction between different kinds and qualities of mess.
In almost as new condition and with some black and white illustrations, this book offers a new slant on the idea of mess in nineteenth century art and fiction.
- Added value:
- 1st edition
- Trotter, David, 1951-
- As new
- Oxford University Press
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