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Misreading Anita Brookner: Aestheticism, Intertextuality and the Queer Nineteenth Century

Peta Mayer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620597
eISBN:
9781789629927
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620597.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Anita Brookner was a best-selling women’s writer, Booker Prize winner and an historian of French Romantic art. However she is best known for writing boring, outdated books about lonely, single women. ... More


The Aesthete in A Misalliance (1986)

Peta Mayer

in Misreading Anita Brookner: Aestheticism, Intertextuality and the Queer Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620597
eISBN:
9781789629927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620597.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter mobilises key nineteenth-century aestheticist motifs to render a Sapphic lesbian homoerotic in A Misalliance. Protagonist Blanche Vernon’s nympholepsy is related to the text’s sensual ... More


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