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- DescriptionThis an original theoretical reading of the emergence of British literary modernity, beginning with Victorian Aestheticism and tracing its afterlives into the 21st Century. Since the development of British Aestheticism in the 1870's, the concept of irony has focused a series of anxieties which are integral to modern literary practice. Examining some of the most important debates in post-Romantic aesthetics through highly focused textual readings of authors from Walter Pater and Henry James to Samuel Beckett and Alan Hollinghurst, this study investigates the dialectical position of irony in Aestheticism and Modernism. Aesthetic Afterlives constructs a far-reaching theoretical narrative by reading this dialectical condition back from the end of the twentieth century to the Victorian fin de siecle and to the emergence of Modernism. Referring to the recent debates about the 'new aestheticism' and to Ranciere's work on the politics of aesthetics, Eastham asks how a utopian Aestheticism can be reconstructed from the problematics of irony and aesthetic automy that haunted writers from Pater to Ador.
- Author BiographyAndrew Eastham is a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
- Author(s)Andrew Eastham
- PublisherContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication01/09/2011
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleContinuum Literary Studies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight567 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine28 mm
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