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‘The Queen of Sheba Crash’: Ruskin’s Conversions

Stephen Cheeke

in Transfiguration: The Religion of Art in Nineteenth-Century Literature Before Aestheticism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198757207
eISBN:
9780191817137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757207.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 5 outlines the story of Ruskin’s famous un-conversion before the painting by Veronese, The Presentation of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon. The pattern of conversion and its cognates are ... More


A More Liberal Surrender: Aestheticism, Asceticism, and Walter Pater’sErotics of Conversion

Sebastian Lecourt

in Cultivating Belief: Victorian Anthropology, Liberal Aesthetics, and the Secular Imagination

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198812494
eISBN:
9780191850332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812494.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter explores how Walter Pater translated the political paradoxes of Arnoldian secularism into an ethical paradox of asceticism. In his 1885 historical novel, Marius the Epicurean, Pater ... More


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