By Andrew Eastham
Aesthetic Afterlives constructs a far-reaching theoretical narrative by way of positioning Victorian Aestheticism because the foundation of Literary Modernity. Aestheticism’s cultivation of irony and reflexive detachment used to be critical 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 persevered via Modernism, and feature lately been located in Hollinghurst’s paintings as a symptom of the political stasis inside of post-modern tradition. touching on 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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Aesthetic Afterlives: Irony, Literary Modernity and the Ends of Beauty (Continuum Literary Studies) by Andrew Eastham