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Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man

Andrew Goldstone


The idea of aesthetic autonomy—of art as a law unto itself—was a central preoccupation of modernism. Yet recent literary scholarship has tended to reject autonomy out of hand as a denial of literature’s social and historical contexts. This book argues instead that autonomy is modernism’s distinctive mode of social relations; it demonstrates the many forms of relative autonomy modernist novelists, poets, critics, and theorists imagined and strove for. Using a combination of formalist reading, Bourdieuean sociology of culture, and historical contextualization, the book uncovers the centrality of ... More

Keywords: autonomy, modernism, aestheticism, sociology of literature, historicism, literary theory

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199861125
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Goldstone, author
Rutgers University

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