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The Artistry of Exile$
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Jane Stabler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590247.001.0001

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(p.241) Conclusion
The Artistry of Exile

Jane Stabler

Oxford University Press

For exiled readers the voices of authors offer a constant form of companionship, and a link with the homeland left behind. In some cases literary creations take the place of friends or families left behind or estranged. Like so many 19th-century readers, we still search works of literature for patterns that will help give meaning to our existence, and our changing preoccupations cause us to fall in and out of sympathy with particular parts of poems and novels at different points in our lives. The interweaving of literature with life is a central concern of the Conclusion, and I suggest that the exiled writing of the Romantic and Victorian generations tracked in this book meets the call of contemporary theorists for a layered cosmopolitanism. More than that, the literature that came out of Italy in the 19th-century helps us all to come to terms with exile in all its forms

Keywords:   Oscar Wilde, Julian Barnes, cosmopolitan, deracinated readers, Venice

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