Pleasure gardens like London's Vauxhall have been linked to a nascent public sphere, an urban renaissance and the commodification of culture in Georgian Britain. Verifying such claims, however, requires knowledge of pleasure gardens outside London, and a willingness to engage art historians, historians, musicologists, literary scholars and cultural geographers. This conference will do exactly that, providing an opportunity to compare different approaches, bringing new perspectives to bear on familiar sites of modernity. It will also showcase a wide range of research into hitherto neglected regional and foreign pleasure gardens and the reinvention of the pleasure garden in the Victorian period. Panels on musical and theatrical aspects and a performance of pleasure garden music will add another dimension to this very special event. Speakers include John Brewer, Peter Borsay, Rachel Cowgill, John Dixon Hunt, Deborah Epstein Nord and Aileen Ribeiro.
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