The Practice of Taste: from Pierre Bourdieu to Antoine de Courtin

NOV 15, 2013 | 5:00 PM

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WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

ROOM:

4202: French Student Lounge

WHEN:

November 15, 2013: 5:00 PM

ADMISSION:

Free

Description

In this talk, Professor Koch will explore how Pierre Bourdieu’s La Distinction sheds light on the problematic inflection of taste in the seventeenth century by examining the case of Antoine de Courtin’s seminal Nouveau Traité de la civilité qui se pratique en France parmi les honnêtes-gens (1671). Courtin’s text elaborates taste not as a faculty of discernment but as a function of normative social performance: taste is enacted by the body and inscribed within it.