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ENGL 7776 Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Two of the best-known aestheticist writers, Pater and Wilde made style an inextricable part of their philosophical, literary, and critical projects. Focusing primarily on the detailed examination of their texts, this course will seek to come to terms with some effects of these writers' often contrasting styles. We will read both famous and lesser-known texts, asking, among other things: how do they imagine literary tradition and cultural transmission? What is their relation to late-Victorian aesthetic, moral, and philosophical discourses? What is the relation of queer desire to their innovations in style and form?

Instructor(s): Kevin Ohi

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17