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By Andrew Eastham

because the improvement of British Aestheticism within the 1870s, the concept that of irony has concentrated a chain of anxieties that are imperative to trendy literary perform. interpreting one of the most vital 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 by means of positioning Victorian Aestheticism because the foundation of Literary Modernity. Aestheticism’s cultivation of irony and reflexive detachment used to be relevant to this legacy, however it used to be additionally the point of interest of its personal self-critique. Anxieties in regards to the proposal and perform of irony endured via Modernism, and feature lately been located in Hollinghurst’s paintings as a symptom of the political stasis inside post-modern tradition. concerning the hot debates concerning the ‘new aestheticism’ and the politics of aesthetics, Eastham asks how a utopian Aestheticism might be reconstructed from the problematics of irony and aesthetic autonomy that haunted writers from Pater to Adorno.

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