Misreading Anita Brookner: Aestheticism, Intertextuality and the Queer Nineteenth Century

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Oxford University Press, Jan 31, 2020 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
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, Ren e 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 fl neur, 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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Contents

Introduction
1
The Military Man the Analysand and the Queer in A Friend from England 1987
33
1 The Aesthete in A Misalliance 1986
74
2 The Dandy in Brief Lives 1990
117
3 The Flâneur in Undue Influence 1998
160
4 The Degenerate in Falling Slowly 1998
192
Hotel du Lac 1984
224
Bibliography
247
Index
261
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Peta Mayer holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Melbourne.

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