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Strangeness and Beauty: Volume 2, Pater to Symons : An Anthology of Aesthetic Criticism 1840-1910 - Eric Warner

Strangeness and Beauty: Volume 2, Pater to Symons

An Anthology of Aesthetic Criticism 1840-1910

By: Eric Warner (Editor), Graham Hough (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th June 1983
ISBN: 9780521282918
Number Of Pages: 324

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This is a two-volume anthology of criticism of art and literature from approximately 1840 to 1910. The central purpose of the anthology is to show how Romantic ideas of art and imagination were transformed by a number of writers in the nineteenth century and became the fundamental premisses of modernist aesthetics. The presiding genius of volume 2 is Pater, who was much influenced by Ruskin's belief in refining and educating the senses as a path to spiritual fulfilment. However, whereas Ruskin saw this education as a means of enriching the moral and religious life conceived in fundamentally orthodox terms, Pater regards religion as a supreme aesthetic experience with no particular connections either with morality or with any bourgeois virtues. Those who came under Pater's influence envinced disdain for the social order and its accepted values; this new tone is evident in the work of George Moore, Whistler and Wilde, all represented in this volume. The final author in this anthology, Arthur Symons, forms one of the principal links between nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetics, for it was his introduction of the French Symbolists to England, which was to give such a powerful impulse to the innovations of Eliot and Pound.

List of illustrations
Walter Pater (1839-1894)
From The Renaissance
From 'The Child in the House'
From Appreciations
Prosper Merimee
George Moore (1852-1933)
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Arthur Symons (1865-1945)
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Guide to further reading
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521282918
ISBN-10: 0521282918
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 6th June 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.48