The Age of Comfort

When Paris Discovered Casual--And the Modern Home Began

By Joan Dejean
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781608192304, 295pp.)

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

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This remarkable history of late-seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century France introduces the age when comfort became a new ideal. Home life, formerly characterized by stiff formality, was revolutionized by the simultaneous introduction of the sofa (a radical invitation to recline or converse), the original living rooms, and the very concept of private bedrooms and bathrooms, with far-reaching effects on the way people lived and related to one another. DeJean highlights the revolutionary ideas--and the bold personalities behind them--that fomented change in the home and beyond, providing new insight into the household habits and creature comforts we often take for granted.




About the Author
Joan DeJean's books reflect her areas of research: the history of women's writing in France (Tender Geographies: Women and the Origins of the Novel in France); the history of sexuality (Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937); the development of the novel (Literary Fortifications; Libertine Strategies); and the cultural history and the material culture of late 17th- and early 18th-century France (Ancients against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siecle; The Essence of Style, 2005; The Age of Comfort).
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