Andrew Eastham's Aesthetic Afterlives: Irony, Literary Modernity and the Ends PDF

By Andrew Eastham

ISBN-10: 0826443982

ISBN-13: 9780826443984

because the improvement of British Aestheticism within the 1870s, the concept that of irony has targeted a chain of anxieties that are fundamental to trendy literary perform. reading essentially the most very important debates in post-Romantic aesthetics via hugely targeted textual readings of authors from Walter Pater and Henry James to Samuel Beckett and Alan Hollinghurst, this examine investigates the dialectical place of irony in Aestheticism and its twentieth-century afterlives.

Aesthetic Afterlives constructs a far-reaching theoretical narrative through positioning Victorian Aestheticism because the foundation of Literary Modernity. Aestheticism’s cultivation of irony and reflexive detachment was once important to this legacy, however it used to be additionally the focal point of its personal self-critique. Anxieties in regards to the proposal and perform of irony continued via Modernism, and feature lately been located in Hollinghurst’s paintings as a symptom of the political stasis inside of post-modern tradition. concerning the hot debates concerning the ‘new aestheticism’ and the politics of aesthetics, Eastham asks how a utopian Aestheticism may be reconstructed from the problematics of irony and aesthetic autonomy that haunted writers from Pater to Adorno.

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