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Aristocracies of Fiction: The Idea of Aristocracy in Late-19th-Century and Early-20th-century Literary Culture

Aristocracies of Fiction: The Idea of Aristocracy in Late-19th-Century and Early-20th-century Literary Culture (Hardback)

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From 1890 to 1920, the British aristocracy faded in historical importance. The culture of that period often presented aristocratic characters and typically sought to conserve aristocratic values. The fall of the aristocracy triggered astonishing literary responses. In literary works, aristocrats were transformed into warrior heroes, Scotland Yard detectives, swashbucklers, diseased degenerates, and Gothic monsters. This book explores the centrality of aristocracy to late Victorian and early-20th-century literary culture. Included are discussions of such writers as Marie Corelli, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, H.G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf. The volume looks at major canonical authors as well as some forgotten figures from popular literary culture. In doing so, it establishes links between different types of literature of this period and challenges some important standard views on such topics as Shaw's socialism and Woolf's commitment to the common reader. A significant new addition to historical approaches to literature, this volume raises central questions about cultural processes and the nature of cultural value.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 30/07/2001 ISBN-13: 9780313316739  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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LEN PLATT is Programme Area Coordinator for Cultural and Social Studies in the Professional and Continuing Education program at Goldsmiths College, University of London./e He has published widely on literary cultures of the early 20th century and is currently an advisory editor of the James Joyce Quarterly. He is the author of Joyce and the Anglo-Irish: A Study of Joyce and the Literary Revival (1998).

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