Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin de Siecle

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Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin de Siecle
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
31-07-2021
Sprog:
Engelsk
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The fin de siecle witnessed an extensive and heated debate about cosmopolitanism, which transformed readers' attitudes towards national identity, foreign literatures, translation, and the idea of world literature. Focussing on literature written in English, Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin de Siecle offers a critical examination of cosmopolitanism as a distinctive feature of the literary modernity of this important period oftransition. No longer conceived purely as an abstract philosophical ideal, cosmopolitanism-or world citizenship-informed the actual, living practices of authors and readers who sought new ways of relating local and global identities in an increasingly interconnected world. The book presents literary cosmopolitanism as a field ofdebate and controversy. While some writers and readers embraced the creative, imaginative, emotional, and political potentials of world citizenship, hostile critics denounced it as a politically and morally suspect ideal, and stressed instead the responsibilities of literature towards the nation. In this age of empire and rising nationalism, world citizenship came to enshrine a paradox: it simultaneously connoted positions of privilege and marginality, connectivity and non-belonging.Chapters on Oscar Wilde, Lafcadio Hearn, George Egerton, the periodical press, and artificial languages bring to light the variety of literary responses to the idea of world citizenship that proliferated at the turn of the twentieth century. The book interrogates cosmopolitanism as a liberal ideology that celebrates human diversity and as a social identity linked to worldliness; it investigates its effect on gender, ethics, and the emotions. It presents the literature of the fin desiecle as a dynamic space of exchange and mediation, and argues that our own approach to literary studies should become less national in focus.

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Udgivelsesdato:
31-07-2021
ISBN13:
9780198864240
Bredde:
156 mm
Højde:
234 mm
Format:
Hardback
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Bibliotekernes beskrivelse This volume explores the significance of cosmopolitanism for literary studies and argues that the English fin de siecle witnessed an intense debate about cosmopolitanism which in turn influenced literary representations of individual and national identity, and shaped attitudes towards the idea of world literature. 12 Illustrations

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