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Elisabeth Jay

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655243.001.0001

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Socializing in Paris

Socializing in Paris

(p.98) 6 Socializing in Paris
British Writers and Paris 1830–1875

Elisabeth Jay

Oxford University Press

As Paris gradually came within the reach of Britain’s lower middle-classes, an increasing cachet attached to gaining access to Parisian society, and consequent satire arose at the expense of Britons who clung to their own. The limited range of Parisian social events open to visitors explains why British accounts of the city’s attractions trod such a repetitively narrow round. This chapter examines the difference gender made to the way Paris was experienced, and the perceived barriers to intimacy with the Parisians. The final section is devoted to the role played by the British Embassy in the cultural and social life of the city, at a stage when the diplomatic corps was often populated by upper-class young men nursing literary ambitions.

Keywords:   British Embassy, diplomats, gender, intimacy, satire

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