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By Andrew Eastham

because the improvement of British Aestheticism within the 1870s, the idea that of irony has centred a sequence of anxieties that are essential to trendy literary perform. analyzing 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 via positioning Victorian Aestheticism because the foundation of Literary Modernity. Aestheticism’s cultivation of irony and reflexive detachment used to be significant to this legacy, however it was once additionally the point of interest of its personal self-critique. Anxieties concerning the suggestion and perform of irony persevered via Modernism, and feature lately been located in Hollinghurst’s paintings as a symptom of the political stasis inside of post-modern tradition. pertaining to the hot debates in regards to the ‘new aestheticism’ and the politics of aesthetics, Eastham asks how a utopian Aestheticism could be reconstructed from the problematics of irony and aesthetic autonomy that haunted writers from Pater to Adorno.

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