By Andrew Eastham
Aesthetic Afterlives constructs a far-reaching theoretical narrative through positioning Victorian Aestheticism because the foundation of Literary Modernity. Aestheticism’s cultivation of irony and reflexive detachment used to be imperative to this legacy, however it used to be additionally the point of interest 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. relating the new debates concerning the ‘new aestheticism’ and the politics of aesthetics, Eastham asks how a utopian Aestheticism will 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