How Japan captured the Victorian imagination and transformed Western aesthetics From the opening of trade with Britain in the 1850s, Japan occupied a unique and contradictory place in the Victorian imagination, regarded as both a rival empire and a cradle of exquisite beauty. Quaint, Exquisite explores the enduring impact of this dramatic encounter, showing how the rise of Japan led to a major transformation of Western aesthetics at the dawn of globalization.Drawing on philosophy, psychoanalysis, queer theory, textual criticism, and a wealth of in-depth archival research, Grace Lavery provides a radical new genealogy of aesthetic experience in modernity. She argues that the global popularity of Japanese art in the late nineteenth century reflected an imagined universal standard of taste that Kant described as the “subjective universal” condition of aesthetic judgment. The book features illuminating cultural histories of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, English derivations of the haiku, and retellings of the Madame Butterfly story, and sheds critical light on lesser-known figures such as Winnifred Eaton, an Anglo-Chinese novelist who wrote under the Japanese pseudonym Onoto Watanna, and Mikimoto Ryuzo, a Japanese enthusiast of the Victorian art critic John Ruskin. Lavery also explains the importance and symbolic power of such material objects as W. B. Yeats’s prized katana sword and the “Japanese vellum” luxury editions of Oscar Wilde.Quaint, Exquisite provides essential insights into the modern understanding of beauty as a vehicle for both intimacy and violence, and the lasting influence of Japanese forms today on writers and artists such as Quentin Tarantino.
What if…you were offered a part-time job as the personal assistant to someone you have idolized for years?
Meg Ellis has just completed the school year as a nurse in the Santa Fe school system. It isn’t her first choice of profession, but a medical problem derailed her musical career years ago. The breakup of a bad relationship is still painful. The loving support from her close-knit family and good friends has buoyed her spirits, but longing still lurks below the surface. She can’t forget the intoxicating allure of the beautiful diva who haunts her dreams.
Nicole Bernard is a rising star in the world of opera, adored by fans around the globe. When Meg learns that Nicole is headlining a new production at the renowned New Mexico outdoor pavilion—and then is asked to accept a job offer to be her personal assistant—she is beside herself. After a short time learning the routine and reining in her hormones, Meg discovers that Nicole’s family will be visiting for the opening. Her responsibility to the charismatic singer immediately becomes more difficult when Nicole’s young husband Mario shows up and threatens the comfortable rapport between Meg and the prima donna.
The two women brace for a roller-coaster interlude composed by fate. Will the warm days and cool nights, the breathtaking scenery, and the romance of the music create summer love? A heartbreaking game? Or something very special?
An FBI agent with a secret past falls for the sexy criminal he’s chasing. These opposites will get their second chance at love. And, unexpected twists and turns, sizzling sex and a mysterious woman will turn their forbidden love into a smokin’ MMF romance.SAM Sam Bitter is a criminal with a problem; he's in love. What's the problem? It's with Thomas Sweet, the FBI agent chasing him. Sam might have a lot of regrets but loving Tom isn’t one. The question is, once Tom finds out how Sam feels, will Tom be able to look past Sam’s shadowy history or will Tom seek his revenge?TOMThomas Sweet is a man with a singular focus -- to put Sam Bitter behind bars. Could a twenty-year-old secret be the reason? Not according to Tom. But when Tom finds their relationship pick up from where it left off, will Tom follow his heart or his sworn oath? EVEWhen Eve shows up at a bar capturing Sam’s attention, it seems like a coincidence. Is it? Could Eve hold the solution to all of their problems? Or is she the worst thing that could ever happen to two men destined for love? With the FBI closing in on Sam, Sam and Tom will have to figure things out fast. ‘Bittersweet’ is a very steamy, ultra high heat, bisexual menage romance with explicit MF, MM, and MMF scenes. Contains not-to-be-missed twists and turns and an HEA ending!
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