Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History
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- Liverpool University Press
More About This Title Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History
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. In this fascinating book Faye Hammill explores how a word that once meant falsification and perversion came to be regarded as signifying discrimination and refinement. Hammill 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, Noel Coward, and on to the meaning of sophistication in the twenty-first century.