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Rereading Walter Pater : Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture - William F. Shuter

Rereading Walter Pater

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture


Published: 28th January 1997
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Walter Pater is increasingly gaining recognition as a pivotal figure in nineteenth-century culture. His later work is often regarded as an effort to distance himself from his earlier, more controversial texts. William F. Shuter argues that Pater's writings demand a two fold reading. Shuter first offers an account of the texts in the order in which they were written, paying close attention to the changes in Pater's thought and interests over time; he then returns to the earlier texts, showing how the later work serves, paradoxically, as an introduction to the earlier. Drawing extensively on unpublished manuscript material, Shuter reveals that Pater himself authorised rereadings of his work in an effort to rewrite his own literary past and the past of his culture. This new perspective on Pater's work uncovers patterns of continuity and anticipation that decisively alter our understanding of Pater and his writings.

"...Shuter's book makes a solid contribution to Pater scholarship. ...Shuter's effort to bring newly available material to bear on well-known texts points to valuable avenues for future research." Matthew Potolsky, Victorian Studies

Introduction: an initial reading
The periegetic critic and the imaginative sense of place
The retrojective apologist
Heraclitus, Hegel, and Plato
The dubious academic
Visiting the dead
Conclusion: rereading, revising, and reshuffling
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ISBN: 9780521572217
ISBN-10: 0521572215
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 28th January 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.43