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The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction: Aristocratic Drag (Edinburgh Critical Studies in Transatlantic Literature)

Ellen Crowell

Editore: Edinburgh University Press, 2008
ISBN 10: 0748625488 / ISBN 13: 9780748625482
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Titolo: The Dandy in Irish and American Southern ...

Casa editrice: Edinburgh University Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2008

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This book identifies and interprets the longstanding ideological and aesthetic dialogue between the literary imaginations of Anglo-Ireland and the Anglo-American South.

It offers a rich comparative examination of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish and American Southern plantation literatures and their respective representations of race and nation, gender and sexuality, region and landscape, and the gothic imagination. Pairing major writers from both traditions, including Maria Edgeworth, William Faulkner, Oscar Wilde, Katherine Anne Porter and Elizabeth Bowen, the book shows how this transatlantic dialogue coalesced around questions of power, supremacy, and gentility: writers in Anglo-Irish and Anglo-Southern literary traditions recognized and spoke to each other through the discourse of aristocracy.

As the book demonstrates, from the early nineteenth-century onwards, Irish and Anglo-Southern writers conducted a sustained exploration into constructions of aristocracy through the figure of the dissipated, deviant gentleman (or lady): the dandy. By augmenting literary analysis with a variety of historical, biographical, archival and visual materials, including nineteenth-century trade cards, original letters, and twentieth-century photographic portraits, the book offers readers a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary illumination of transatlantic modernism.


Ellen Crowell is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Saint Louis University. She has published journal articles in Modern Fiction Studies and Eire-Ireland. This is her first book.

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