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Walter Pater
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The "Conclusion" to The Renaissance advises the responsive critic to consider carefully "the various forms of intellectual activity which together make up the culture of an age." Transparencies of Desire brings together twenty-one varied, contentious, informative essays that confirm Pater's ongoing power to captivate and challenge readers. The interdisciplinary breadth of the collection demonstrates that the critical culture of Pater studies is always multifaceted--inviting diverse theoretical perspectives yet also demanding that any paradigm of analysis (feminist, new historicist, aesthetic, queer theory, formalist, biographical, Foucauldian) be tested and redefined. Scholars from five different countries reconsider Pater's career and canon, the reception of his works, the intersections of genre, gender, and aesthetics, and the implications of Pater's writings--in aesthetics, fiction, philosophy, archaeology, art history--for contemporary cultural studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Transparencies of Desire: An Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Aesthetic Conditions: Returning to Pater
  2. pp. 12-23
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  1. The Entangling Dance: Pater after Marius, 1885–1891
  2. pp. 24-36
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  1. No Time for Pater: The Silenced Other of Masculinist Modernism
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. Pater’s Reception in France: A Provisional Account
  2. pp. 55-62
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  1. The Reception of Walter Pater in Germany and Austria
  2. pp. 63-72
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  1. Physiology, Mesmerism, and Walter Pater’s “Susceptibilities to Influence”
  2. pp. 73-89
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  1. Disturbing Hellenism: Walter Pater, Charles Newton, and the Myth of Demeter and Persephone
  2. pp. 90-106
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  1. “Outward Nature and the Moods of Men”: Romantic Mythology in Pater’s Essays on Dionysus and Demeter
  2. pp. 107-118
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  1. “Reanimate Greek”: Pater and Ruskin on Botticelli
  2. pp. 119-132
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  1. Schooling Leonardo: Collaboration, Desire, and the Challenge of Attribution in Pater
  2. pp. 133-150
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  1. The Politics of Formalist Art Criticism: Pater’s “School of Giorgione”
  2. pp. 151-169
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  1. Pater’s “Great Change”: Marius the Epicurean as Historical Conversion Romance
  2. pp. 170-188
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  1. Marius at Oxford: Paterian Pedagogy and the Ethics of Seduction
  2. pp. 189-201
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  1. Poetics of Ekphrasisin Pater’s “Imaginary Portraits”
  2. pp. 202-212
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  1. The Imaginary Portrait: Pater’s Contribution to a Literary Genre
  2. pp. 213-223
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  1. Beauty’s New “Hour”: Paterian Aestheticism in the Short Fiction of Olivia Shakespear
  2. pp. 225-235
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  1. Pater’s Body of Work
  2. pp. 236-249
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  1. Walter Pater and Walter Benjamin: The Diaphanous Collector and the Angel of History
  2. pp. 250-260
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  1. Walter Pater’s “Latent Intelligence” and the Conception of Queer “Theory”
  2. pp. 261-284
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  1. Pater’s Critical Spirit
  2. pp. 286-297
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  1. The Notes
  2. pp. 299-362
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  1. Biographies
  2. pp. 363-367
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 369-380
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