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Art's UndoingIn the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism$
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Forest Pyle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251117

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251117.001.0001

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“Rings, Pearls, and All”

“Rings, Pearls, and All”

Wilde’s Extravagance

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(p.207) (p.208) (p.209) Six “Rings, Pearls, and All”
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Art's Undoing
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Forest Pyle

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251117.003.0007

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 “art’s undoing” extend to a project dedicated to art itself? To take up this question and its implications, the chapter examines Wilde’s aestheticism from the point of view of its point of view. It examines “The English Renaissance of Art,” the inaugural lecture of Wilde’s 1882 North American tour. His account of this “vital” but subordinate and even subversive “romantic movement” establishes the historical contours of the present book, one that locates the origins of radical aestheticism in the poetry of Shelley and Keats and reaches its culmination in what is referred to as Wilde’s extravagance.

Keywords:   radical aestheticism, Oscar Wilde, art, Renaissance

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