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Pater in the 1990s

Laurel Brake

Publication Year: 1989

In this collection of essays, distinguished scholars continue their careful research into the life and literature of Walter Pater. The book includes subjects for the apprentice as well as the expert: from a scandal during Pater's days at Oxford to the influences upon him by Wordsworth and Arnold, and in turn his influence on Hopkins and Joyce; from objections to traditional ways of view Pater's impressionist criticism and ethical concerns to analyses of his discriminating uses of historiography and architecture. Readers should not that the print version of Pater in the 1990s is out of print.

Published by: ELT Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-viii

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pp. ix-xiv

The present volume of essays, collected from the second international Pater conference held at Queen's College, Oxford in 1988, registers a decisive turn in Pater studies that has been gathering considerable force in recent years, a turn toward the "New Historicism" and its project of re-embedding the literary work in history, ...

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Pater in the 1990s

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pp. xv-xxi

The undisguised distaste for the work of Walter Pater a generation ago-in, for example, Rene Wellek's disparaging dismissal in 1965 that "today Pater is under a cloud"— now seems very distant.1 The advent in the past decade of new ways of thinking about text and of the relationship between "literature" and culture ...

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Estrangement and Connection: Walter Pater Benjamin Jowett and William M. Hardinge

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pp. 1-20

Ever since Thomas Wright stated in his biography of Pater in 1907 that Benjamin Jowett, Master ofBalliol, applied a "salutary whip" to Pater in somehow snatching from him in 1874 a virtually promised University Proctorship, students of Pater have wondered whether the story were true and, if so, what Pater could have done ...

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Editing Pater's Gaston de Latour: The Unfinished Work as "A Fragment of Perfect Expression"

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pp. 21-31

What makes the text of Gaston de Latour problematic is that Pater published the first five chapters in monthly installments in Macmillan's Magazine in 1888; then, unable to sustain the monthly pace, he abandoned serial publication but continued to work on the novel intermittendy until his death in 1894. ...

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Editing and Annotating Pater

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pp. 33-42

In Britain, theorizing about texts on the one hand, and the editing of texts on the other, have long been taken to be completely opposed intellectual enterprises. Traditionally theorists have been concerned with the "large" issues: the notion of literature, practices of reading, the constructions of meanings, ...

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The Discourses of Journalism: "Arnold and Pater" Again— and Wilde

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pp. 43-62

T. S. Eliot's essay on Pater, first published in 1930, stresses the continuities between Arnold and Pater rather than the disruptions.1 Eliot undervalues Arnold's deep attachment to Christianity (and perhaps Pater's) and suppresses Pater's many challenges to Arnold's ideas. ...

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An Anxiety of No Influence: Walter Pater on William Wordsworth

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pp. 63-76

Wordsworth's influence on the nineteenth century was massive. Yet it had largely dispersed by the century's end and, as Linda Dowling has recendy underlined, it was Walter Pater who initiated the change, for he was the first to make writing a truly composed artifice rather than direcdy trusting the language of the heart.1 ...

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Essaying "W. H. Pater Esq.": New Perspectives on the Tutor/ Student Relationship Between Pater and Hopkins

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pp. 77-94

Walter Pater's presence in Gerard Manley Hopkins's life and work was much more than an undergraduate phenomenon. Three phases of personal and intertextual connection can be identified: the formative months of tutoring and friendship in Oxford from 1866 to 1868; ...

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Pater Speaking Bloom Speaking Joyce

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pp. 95-106

Pater's theory of style was essentially Hegelian and expressionistic.1 For Hegel all art was the sensuous manifestation of the absolute Idea. In adapting Hegel Pater typically ignored his emphasis on the absolute Idea and limited art to expressing the individual mind of the artist. ...

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Pater as a "Moralist"

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pp. 107-126

While Pater's work was the object of severe moral criticism in the author's own lifetime, the tendency of more recent criticism has been to admit its moral seriousness. "Most readers today," wrote David DeLaura twenty years ago, "agree that Pater's aestheticism, for all its confusion of ethics and aesthetics, is essentially a special morality ...

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Critical Impressionismas Anti-Phallogocentric Strategy

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pp. 127-142

In recent ears, it has become something of a commonplace to associate rhetorical strategies in the writing of Walter Pater with deconstruction. In his introduction to Marius the Epicurean, for example, Ian Small, without explicitly terming Pater's work deconstructive, notes his resistance to conventional novelistic closure, ...

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"The Last Thing Walter Wrote": Pater's "Pascal"

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pp. 143-154

Walter Pater died on Monday 30 July 1894, the day he had been scheduled to give a University Extension lecture on Pascal.1 Six months later, in refusing his offer to buy the manuscript, Clara Pater wrote to Edmund Gosse: "We could not possibly part with the Pascal manuscript for money. ...

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The Historiography of Studies in the History of the Renaissance

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pp. 155-168

Though Pater's Studies in the History of the Renaissance appeared in 1873, his interest in the Renaissance dates from as early as 1864. Within this decade the concept of "renaissance" was historiographically unstable and its status as a historical myth extremely problematic. ...

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Pater's Mythic Fiction: Gods in a Gilded Age

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pp. 169-188

The discussion of Pater's mythological fiction has been governed by two predominant strains in Paterian criticism. One is the autobiographical and psychoanalytic perspective; critics employing this approach have focused on the hidden selves obliquely embedded and disguised in Paterian texts. ...

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Pater and Architecture

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pp. 189-204

Architecture was not the most important of the arts for Pater because, for the most part, it was not figurative. Nevertheless it is an aspect of his taste that cannot be ignored, and it is one of the last remaining areas in Pater studies awaiting detailed research. ...

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The Crystal Man: A Study of "Diaphaneitè"

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pp. 205-216

"Diaphaneitè," composed probably early in 1864 and published only posthumously in 1895, is notoriously difficult to elucidate.1 It tempts the critic by seeming to offer a kind of manifesto for Pater's subsequent work ("A majority of such would be the regeneration of the world")2 ...

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Nineteenth-Century Responses to Montaigne and Bruno: A Context for Pater

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pp. 217-228

Many of Pater's critics have identified in his fiction Pater's response to the intellectual and historical debates of his day.1 More recently, writers have indicated its appeal both to a wider conventional audience and to an elite readership capable of discerning those carefully veiled references ...


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pp. 229-264


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pp. 265-270


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pp. 271-282

E-ISBN-13: 9780944318645
Print-ISBN-10: 0944318053

Page Count: 303
Publication Year: 1989