English 201 - The Spectator

English 201 - The Spectator - The Spectator Written by...

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The Spectator Written by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele with various other contributors Printed everyday, except Sunday, from March 1711 to December 1712 and for a brief time in 1714 The Public Sphere and Civil Society Periodical essays Coffeehouse culture Social and intellectual clubs The theatre Parks, public walks, and pleasure gardens Drawing rooms Assemblies Even shopping in some ways Sociability, good taste, and polite behavior – central to shaping “polite society” Genteel society - included lower aristocracy and landed gentry, prosperous merchants and businessmen, genteel professions such as lawyers, doctors, and clergy Ideally these groups would have common values, morals, and standards of behavior and taste that would contribute to the shaping and governing of England in general Need for an explicit effort at shaping taste because many of these social positions were relatively new: before there were the noble landowning and others, but in the eighteenth century, many people
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