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

Forest Pyle


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 at certain moments in texts by Shelley, Keats, Dickinson, Hopkins, Rossetti, and Wilde. This book explores what happens when these writers, deeply committed to certain versions of ethics, politics, or theology, nonetheless produce an encounter with a radical aestheticism that subjects the authors’ projects to a fundamental crisis. A radical aestheticism offers no positive claims for art, whether on ... More

Keywords: radical aestheticism, Shelley, Keats, Dickinson, Hopkins, Rossetti, Wilde, poesis, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251117
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Forest Pyle, author
University of Oregon