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Introduction: “From Which One Turns Away”

Forest Pyle

in Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823251117
eISBN:
9780823252978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251117.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s main themes. The book focuses on radical aestheticism, a term that describes a recurring event in some of the most powerful and resonating texts of the ... More


“Rings, Pearls, and All”: Wilde’s Extravagance

Forest Pyle

in Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823251117
eISBN:
9780823252978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251117.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers whether a radical aestheticism can befall a project that already identifies itself as aestheticist in theory and undertakes that aestheticism in practice. In other words, can ... More


Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Forest Pyle

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823251117
eISBN:
9780823252978
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251117.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Radical aestheticism describes a recurring event in some of the most powerful and resonating texts of nineteenth-century British literature, offering us the best way to reckon with what takes place ... More


Hopkins’s Sighs

Forest Pyle

in Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823251117
eISBN:
9780823252978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251117.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the radical aestheticism in Hopkins’s poetry. It argues that while Hopkins would never profess an aestheticism of any sort, at certain moments of certain poems—in nothing more ... More


Superficiality: What Is Loving and What Is Dead in Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Forest Pyle

in Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823251117
eISBN:
9780823252978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251117.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the radical aestheticism in Rossetti’s poetry. It argues that the genuine significance of Rossetti—and the special form of his acute engagement with a radical aestheticism—is ... More


What the Zeros Taught: Emily Dickinson, Event-Machine

Forest Pyle

in Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823251117
eISBN:
9780823252978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251117.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the radical aestheticism in Dickinson’s poetry. It argues that Dickinson’s work demonstrates an intense compression in which meaningful dramatic contexts are sheared away by “a ... More


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