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In this free course, Brighton Pavilion, you will examine the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, and its relationship to nineteenth-century Romanticism and exoticism. You'll begin with a biographical discussion of the Prince of Wales, afterwards Prince Regent and eventually King George IV, to whose specifications the Pavilion was built. With the help of video and still images you will take a tour of the Pavilion, examining the exterior then a series of interior rooms as a visitor in the 1820s may have experienced them. Besides this you will look at contemporary aesthetic, cultural and political reactions to the building, its contents and its social milieu.
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- 1 The Royal Pavilion
- 2 A prince at the seaside
- 3 From Enlightenment to Romantic?
- 4 ‘Chinese’ on the inside
- 5 ‘Indian’ on the outside
- 6 The Pavilion and the picturesque
- 7 Experiencing the exotic
- 8 How ‘Romantic’ is the Pavilion?
- 9 What the world said – or, the politics of the exotic
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