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Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece

Hellenism, Reception, Gods in Exile

Authors: Evangelista, S.

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This book is the first comprehensive study of the reception of classical Greece among English aesthetic writers of the nineteenth century. By exploring this history of reception, it aims to give readers a new and fuller understanding of literary aestheticism, its intellectual contexts, and its challenges to mainstream Victorian culture.

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STEFANO EVANGELISTA is Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, UK. He has published a number of articles on nineteenth-century English and comparative literature, and is currently editing a volume on the reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe.

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'Evangelista's short book, which focuses on Walter Pater, Vernon Lee (Violet Paget), Michael Field (Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper) and Oscar Wilde, offers one of the most exciting and subtle analyses of late nineteenth-century aestheticism that I have read... British Aestheticism and Classical Greece is a major contribution to the study of late-nineteenth century literature and the history of sexuality.' - Martha Vinicus, Review of English Studies

'Stefano Evangelista's first book is an elegant, intelligent, short, but significant contribution to the growing bibliography not just on the aestheticism of the final decades of the nineteenth century but also on the Victorian engagement with antiquity. Each of the four central chapters, framed by a brief introduction and conclusion, examines a familiar icon of the movement Walter Pater, first and foremost, Vernon Lee, Michael Field, and Oscar Wilde but each also develops a fresh argument, not least by the focus on aestheticism's profound and complex fantasy of Hellenism. Hellenism, in this context at least, inevitably privileges desire and gender, and the volume is particularly good when it intertwines the self-positioning of Lee and Field through their involvements with Pater and male models of classicizing, sexualized aesthetics.' - Simon Goldhill, Victorian Studies

'...the cumulative impression gained from British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece is that it should be indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to have their horizons extended.' - Malcom Hicks, Modern Language Review

'Evangelista is good at sketching out the relationships between the explicitly scholarly and the flamboyantly imaginative. He uses for each of his writers a vast amount of less well known and in some cases unpublished materials that illustrate how much an enlarged sense of criticism as a way of life reshaped classical knowledge and was shaped by it in turn.' - Costanze Guethenke, The Classical Review

'Evangelista's book is a subtle, carefully structured, and textured contribution to Pater studies, which positions Pater very firmly as a pivotal figure in British aestheticism - perhaps not Dionysiac in appearance, but certainly in effect.' - Lene Oestermark-Johansen, Pater Newsletter


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece
Book Subtitle
Hellenism, Reception, Gods in Exile
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-24220-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230242203
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-54711-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 203
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