By Andrew Eastham
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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