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Misreading Anita Brookner : aestheticism, intertextuality and the queer nineteenth century

Author: Peta Mayer
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2020.
Series: Liverpool English texts and studies, 80.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Anita Brookner was known for writing boring books about lonely, single women. Misreading Anita Brookner unlocks the mysteries of the famously depressed Brookner heroine by creating entirely new ways to read six Brookner novels. Drawing on Brookner's legacy as a renowned historian of French Romantic art and on diverse intertextual sources from Charles Baudelaire to Henry James, Renee Vivien and Freud, this book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Anita Brookner; Anita Brookner
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peta Mayer
ISBN: 1789620597 9781789620597
OCLC Number: 1090854874
Description: xiv, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction1. The Military Man, the Analysand and the Queer in A Friend from England (1987)2. The Aesthete in A Misalliance (1986)3. The Dandy in Brief Lives (1990)4. The Flaneur in Undue Influence (1999)5. The Degenerate in Falling Slowly (1998)Epilogue
Series Title: Liverpool English texts and studies, 80.
Responsibility: Peta Mayer.

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"Anita Brookner was known for writing boring books about lonely, single women. Misreading Anita Brookner unlocks the mysteries of the famously depressed Brookner heroine by creating entirely new ways to read six Brookner novels. Drawing on Brookner's legacy as a renowned historian of French Romantic art and on diverse intertextual sources from Charles Baudelaire to Henry James, Renee Vivien and Freud, this book argues that Brookner's solitary twentieth-century women can also be seen as variations of queer nineteenth-century male artist archetypes. Conjuring a cast of Romantic personae including the flaneur, the dandy, the aesthete, the military man, the queer, the analysand, the degenerate and the storyteller, it illuminates clusters of nineteenth-century behaviours which help decode the lives of Brookner's twentieth-century women. This exploration of Brookner's performative Romanticism' exposes new depths within her outsider introverts, who are revealed as a subversive blend of the historical, the contemporary, the masculine and the feminine."--

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