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 was once important to this legacy, however it was once additionally the focal point of its personal self-critique. Anxieties in regards to the idea and perform of irony endured via Modernism, and feature lately been situated in Hollinghurst’s paintings as a symptom of the political stasis inside of post-modern tradition. bearing on the new 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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Aesthetic Afterlives: Irony, Literary Modernity and the Ends of Beauty (Continuum Literary Studies) by Andrew Eastham