2014-09-25 The Smile Revolution: In Eighteenth Century Paris (Kindle) by Colin Jones Kindle
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The Smile Revolution: In Eighteenth Century Paris (Kindle)
By Colin Jones
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 Reviews)
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Publisher:  Oxford University Press
Edition:  1st
Published:  September 25, 2014
Binding:  Kindle
Pages:  245
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You could be forgiven for thinking that the smile has no history; it has always been the same. However, just as different cultures in our own day have different rules about smiling, so did different societies in the past. In fact, amazing as it might seem, it was only in late eighteenth century France that western civilization discovered the art of the smile. In the 'Old Regime of Teeth' which prevailed in western Europe until then, smiling was quite literally frowned upon. Individuals were fatalistic about tooth loss, and their open mouths would often have been visually repulsive. Rules of conduct dating back to Antiquity disapproved of the opening of the mouth to express feelings in most social situations. Open and unrestrained smiling was associated with the impolite lower orders.

In late eighteenth-century Paris, however, these age-old conventions changed, reflecting broader transformations in the way people expressed their feelings. This allowed the emergence of the modern smile par excellence: the open-mouthed smile which, while highlighting physical beauty and expressing individual identity, revealed white teeth. It was a transformation linked to changing patterns of politeness, new ideals of sensibility, shifts in styles of self-presentation - and, notleast, the emergence of scientific dentistry. These changes seemed to usher in a revolution, a revolution in smiling. Yet if the French revolutionaries initially went about their business with a smile on their faces, the Reign of Terror soon wiped it off. Only in the twentieth century would the white-tooth smile re-emerge as an accepted model of self-presentation.

In this entertaining, absorbing, and highly original work of cultural history, Colin Jones ranges from the history of art, literature, and culture to the history of science, medicine, and dentistry, to tell a unique and untold story about a facial expression at the heart of western civilization.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Fascinating and Nuanced, March 20, 2016
This book is very fascinating and it is written in a more informal than academic manner (for example, footnotes are relegated to the back of the book); however, this does not diminish the book to the level of pop history. It is still a serious scholarly work, just not boring. If you thought that the smile is universal across time and cultures, this book will disabuse you of that notion. It will make you rethink the nature, meaning, and significance of the smile.

It should be noted that this book is not a comprehensive history of the smile; if you're looking for that, buy A Brief History of the Smile instead. This book has a very specific scope, and its setting (as the title indicates) is only 18th-century Paris. This specificity is advantageous because it enables the author to draw upon a wide variety of primary sources and make strong, nuanced arguments. Instead of making broad generalizations, the author is able to zoom in to the historical changes.

I read this book for a course on the history of emotions, but it's enjoyable enough that I would've read it for fun.

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4.0 out of 5 stars.  I love historical novels like this, March 20, 2015
By Sharon Bloom
I love historical novels like this. Society's rules in those days were so rigid and important to each individual's reputation, they created a lifestyle that today would seem totally trivial and silly. Occasionally, for me, the vocabulary needed referencing. But, I managed through it and learned historical facts not taught in history class.

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