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Aestheticization of Life and Cosmopolitan Modernity: The Poetics of Elegance in the Long 19th Century

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Project "PoetEleg" data sheet

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Organization address
address: 327 MILE END ROAD
city: LONDON
postcode: E1 4NS

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2018-02-28


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

In the course of the long 19C the pursuit of 'elegance' emerged as a phenomenon aiming at an intensification of life through aestheticization. The distinguishing features of an 'elegant' appearance manifested themselves in the self-fashioning of an individual person (language, attire, behaviour) and in the shaping of domestic and public environments (artefacts, interior design, architecture). The concept of elegance was realized in social action and cultural practices, particularly in convivial conversation, entertainment and leisure activities. The project demonstrates that one of the crucial patterns of modernity manifests itself in the phenomenon of elegance, which inaugurates a specific aesthetic of the surface as a distinguishing social feature as well as a marker transcending the established order: an imaginary community of urban origin that supersedes historically conditioned social and gender norms. Committed to the methods of transnational historiography, the study outlines the European topography of the so-called ‘elegant world’ in the tension between national aspirations and transnational aesthetic norms. The project focuses on ‘circulating things’ and examines the social agency of press and material goods. It pays particular attention to an innovative type of cultural journals, which reported in detail on urban social, cultural, and material life and helped spread the new urban styles of living and had a decisive impact on the staging of a new, imaginary cross-border community. Its geographic range is marked by the imperial metropolises, as well as by aspiring Central and Eastern European cities such as Berlin and Leipzig, Prague and Pest, which developed into new urban centres in the course of the 19C. The main output of the project is a monograph that maps out the phenomenon of elegance and the way it redefined the social order, constituted urban life, and expressed the transnational aspirations and affiliations of the elite.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Anna Ananieva, Aleksandra Veselova
\"„Что-нибудь от безделья на досуге“: публицистика и вопрос о свободном времени в дворянской среде второй половины XVIII – начала XIX вв. [“Something to Overcome Laziness during the Free Time\"\": Discussions on Leisure Culture of Russian Nobility in the Journals of the late 18th - early 19th Century]\"
published pages: 88-109, ISSN: 0043-2520, DOI:
Die Welt der Slaven. Internationale Halbjahresschrift für Slavistik. 63/1 2019-06-17
2017 Anna Ananieva
Meanings of Elegance: Rhetoric and Aesthetic Debates on Appearance in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Russia
published pages: , ISSN: 2054-5967, DOI:
Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia Newsletter (New Series) 5 2019-06-17
2016 Anna Ananieva, Rolf Haaser
Elegante Unterhaltung: Die Leipziger „Zeitung für die elegante Welt“ und ihre deutschsprachigen Nachfolger in Prag und Ofen-Pest
published pages: 35-60, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1515/9783110478778-002
Literarische Öffentlichkeit im mittleren 19. Jahrhundert. Vergessene Konstellationen literarischer Kommunikation zwischen 1840 und 1885. 2019-06-17
2017 Anna Ananieva
Review: Manfred Pfaffenthaler, Stefanie Lerch, Katharina Schwabl, Dagmar Probst (Hg.), Räume und Dinge. Kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Bielefeld 2014, in: , , <>.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
H-Soz-Kult 08.02.2017 2019-06-17
2016 Anna Ananieva
Medien und Praktiken der eleganten Welt. Annäherungen an einen urbanen Lebensentwurf des 19. Jahrhunderts
published pages: 11-24, ISSN: , DOI: 10.15496/publikation-12233
Zirkulation von Nachrichten und Waren: Stadtleben, Medien und Konsum im 19. Jahrhundert 2019-06-17

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