Art, utopia and the aestheticized self

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Ryan, Matthew. (2013). Art, utopia and the aestheticized self. Arena. 39/40, pp. 253 - 270.
AuthorsRyan, Matthew
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Novels, however, come to us practically raw: the printer is the most self-effacing of intermediaries.5 He proceeds to characterize the modernist project of the early twentieth century as consolidating this hermetic enclosure of the novel, cutting it free of its 'Victorian inheritance - ethics, manners, didacticism'.6 'This movement towards a circular, internal referentiality, finds its complete accomplishment in Finnegan's Wake.'7 He concludes this short discussion by appealing for a new departure from the novel into 'writing': 'some new and as yet unimaginable synthesis of style and content'.8 Here 'style' is shorthand for a conspicuous aestheticism, in which the novel displays its artificial texture, an art primarily concerned with Art. The particular formative traits of this intellectual-type self-constitution can be summarized by drawing on the social theory of Geoff Sharp.9 Three main characteristics emerge: social integration established through technological mediation (particularly writing and print), the process of 'lifting out' or the defamiliarization of social circumstance, and an associated ideology of autonomy.

Year2013
JournalArena
Journal citation39/40, pp. 253 - 270
PublisherArena Printing and Publications Pty. Ltd.
ISSN1320-6567
Web address (URL)https://search.proquest.com/docview/1437302171?accountid=8194
Page range253 - 270
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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