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Before Queer Theory [electronic resource] : Victorian Aestheticism and the Self / Dustin Friedman.

Friedman, Dustin, 1982- (author.). Project Muse. (Added Author).
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Subject: Homosexuality and literature > England > History > 19th century
Self (psychology) in literature.
Literature > philosophy.
Aestheticism (Literature)
English literature > 19th century > History and criticism.

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  • ISBN: 9781421431499
  • ISBN: 1421431491
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (pages cm)
  • Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Homoerotic subjectivity in Walter Pater's early essays -- Styles of survival in Pater's later writings -- Oscar Wilde's lyric performativity -- Vernon Lee and the specter of lesbian history -- Queering the object: aesthetic indifference in Michael Field's poetry.
Summary: "This book of literary criticism, about the historical relationship of art, sexuality, and the self, demonstrates that Victorian aestheticism was a key forerunner to modern queer theory. By theorizing aestheticism through Hegel's philosophy, the author argues that Victorian aesthetes imagined that encountering art and literature could help to shape a person's queer sense of self"-- Provided by publisher.
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