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Author Eastham, Andrew.

Title Aesthetic Afterlives : Irony, Literary Modernity and the Ends of Beauty
Edition 1st ed
Published London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (273 pages)
Series Continuum Literary Studies
Continuum literary studies.
Contents Cover -- Half-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Acknowledgements -- Contents -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Chapter 1 Walter Pater's Acoustic Space: 'The School of Giorgione', Dionysian Anders- streben and the Politics of Soundscape -- Chapter 2 Aesthetic Vampirism: The Concept of Irony in the Work of Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde and Vernon Lee -- Chapter 3 'Master of Irony': Henry James, Transatlantic Bildung and the Critique of Aestheticism -- Chapter 4 Irony's Turn: The Redress of Aestheticism in Katherine Mansfield's Notebooks and Stories
Chapter 5 Sacrificing Aestheticism: The Dialectic of Modernity and the Ends of Beauty in D.H. Lawrence's -- Chapter 6 Aristocracies of Mourning: The Reconsecration of Aestheticism in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited -- Chapter 7 Sublime Ironies: The Remainders of Romanticism in Samuel Beckett's -- Chapter 8 Inoperative Ironies:Jamesian Aestheticism and Postmodern Culture in Alan Hollinghurst's -- Chapter 9 The Aesthetic Afterlives of Mr W.P.: Reanimating Pater in Twenty- first-Century Fiction -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index
Summary Since the development of British Aestheticism in the 1870s, 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 its twentieth-century afterlives. Aesthetic Afterlives constructs a far-reaching theoretical narrative by positioning Victorian Aestheticism as the basis of Literary Modernity. Aestheticism's cultivation of irony and reflexive detachment was central to this legacy, but it was also the focus of its own self-critique. Anxieties about the concept and practice of irony persisted through Modernism, and have recently been positioned in Hollinghurst's work as a symptom of the political stasis within post-modern culture. Referring to the recent debates about the 'new aestheticism' and the politics of aesthetics, Eastham asks how a utopian Aestheticism can be reconstructed from the problematics of irony and aesthetic autonomy that haunted writers from Pater to Adorno
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Subject Aestheticism (Literature)
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Irony in literature.
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Aestheticism (Literature)
English literature.
Irony in literature.
Modernism (Literature)
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1441130012