Gentlemen and Specators

Gentlemen and Specators

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Knif, Henrik
Gentlemen and Specators. Studies in Journals, Opera and the Social Scene in Late Stuart London
Suomen historiallinen seura
Bibliotheca Historica 7
Helsinki 1995, 302 pp.


Henrik Knif attempts to outline ways in which the English élite encourage Italian opera as a suitable answer to its urge to express a cultural as well as a social distinctiveness. The clash between the manners and ideologies of a courtly cosmopolitanism and the opinions of those who held to a more civic, and patriotic, persuation forms a recurrent theme in this collection of studies.

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ISBN 951-710-021-3
ISSN 1238-3503