Book Review: Strange Gourmets: Sophistication, Theory and the Novel

 

Joseph Litvak’s Strange Gourmets: Sophistication, Theory and the Novel looks to relay the true value of sophistication, and reconstruct the bridge between the class distinctions of sophistication and sexual politics. The definition of sophistication has changed throughout the years with the constant metamorphosis of cultural structures.  Sophistication is taken out of its current context of engendering “worldliness,” and re-framed to show how it originally was taken: as a sort of perversion. Throughout the book, Litvak provides a close reading of two of Jane Austen’s novels, Vanity Fair, In Search of Lost Time, and both Adorno and Barthes in relation to Litvak’s conception of this new (and old) definition of sophistication. The problem with this book is that it gets caught in defining its own criticism throughout the pages. If his angle of argument was more properly defined in the introduction (or his passage on the cultural critics was placed earlier), it would have allowed the reader to better focus on and understand his critique of the content.

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WPTip – How to Install WordPress Locally with XAMPP

Recently, one thing I find myself doing more often is building local WordPress environments on my computer for clients. Unfortunately, I’ve run my database cap on my own hosting, so I can’t host working versions of their sites online. To get around this, I turned my computer into a local WordPress environment through the help of XAMPP, or the LAMP environment. When you do this, you not only have the ability to just host a multitude of sites on your computer, but you’re also able to play around with themes, theme modifications, and styling.

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