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Exploring the intricacy and complexity of Walter Pater’s prose, Transfigured World challenges traditional approaches to Pater and shows precise ways in which the form of his prose expresses its content. Carolyn Williams asserts that Pater’s aestheticism and his historicism should be understood as dialectically interrelated critical strategies, inextricable from each other in practice. Williams discusses the explicit and embedded narratives that play a crucial role in Pater’s aesthetic criticism and examines the figures that compose these narratives, including rhetorical tropes, structures of argument such as genealogy, and historical or fictional personae.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Carolyn Williams
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Part One: Opening Conclusions
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  1. Epigraph
  2. p. xiv
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  1. 1. "That Which Is Without"
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 2. "The Inward World of Thought and Feeling"
  2. pp. 18-25
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  1. Part One · Opening Conclusions
  2. pp. 11-13
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  1. 3. Aestheticism
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  1. 1. “That Which Is Without”
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  1. 4. Answerable Style
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  1. 2. “The Inward World of Thought and Feeling”
  2. pp. 19-25
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  1. 5. Historicism
  2. pp. 46-57
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  1. 3. Aestheticism
  2. pp. 26-37
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  1. 6. Aesthetic Historicism and "Aesthetic Poetry"
  2. pp. 57-67
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  1. 4. Answerable Style
  2. pp. 38-46
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  1. 7. The Poetics of Revival
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  1. 5. Historicism
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  1. Part Two: Figural Strategies in The Renaissance
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  1. 6. Aesthetic Historicism and “Aesthetic Poetry”
  2. pp. 58-67
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  1. 1. Legend and Historicity
  2. pp. 82-94
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  1. 7. The Poetics of Revival
  2. pp. 68-78
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  1. 2. Myths of History: The Last Supper
  2. pp. 94-102
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  1. Part Two · Figural Strategies in The Renaissance
  2. pp. 79-82
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  1. 3. The Historicity of Myth
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  1. 1. Legend and Historicity
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. 4. Myths of History: The Mona Lisa
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  1. 2. Myths of History: The Last Supper
  2. pp. 95-102
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  1. 5. Types and Figures
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  1. 3. The Historicity of Myth
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  1. 6. Low and High Relief: "Luca Della Robbia"
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  1. 4. Myths of History: The Mona Lisa
  2. pp. 111-123
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  1. 7. The Senses of Relief
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. 5. Types and Figures
  2. pp. 124-143
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  1. Part Three: Historical Novelty and Marius the Epicurean
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. 6. Low and High Relief: “Luca Della Robbia”
  2. pp. 144-153
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  1. 1. The Transparent Hero
  2. pp. 172-184
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  1. 7. The Senses of Relief
  2. pp. 154-168
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  1. 2. Autobiography of the Zeitgeist
  2. pp. 184-193
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  1. Part Three · Historical Novelty and Marius the Epicurean
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. 3. The Transcendental Induction
  2. pp. 193-202
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  1. 1. The Transparent Hero
  2. pp. 173-184
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  1. 4. Typology as Narrative Form
  2. pp. 202-212
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  1. 2. Autobiography of the Zeitgeist
  2. pp. 185-193
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  1. 5. Typological Ladders
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  1. 3. The Transcendental Induction
  2. pp. 194-202
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  1. 6. Christian Historicism
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  1. 4. Typology as Narrative Form
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  1. 7. Literary History as "Appreciation"
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  1. 5. Typological Ladders
  2. pp. 213-219
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  1. Part Four: "Recovery as Reminiscence": The Greek Studies and Plato and Platonism
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. 6. Christian Historicism
  2. pp. 220-224
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  1. 1. Histories of Myth: The Greek Studies
  2. pp. 238-247
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  1. 7. Literary History as “Appreciation”
  2. pp. 225-234
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  1. 2. The House Beautiful and Its Interpreter
  2. pp. 247-249
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  1. Part Four · “Recovery as Reminiscence”: The Greek Studies and Plato and Platonism
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. 3. The Philosophy of Mythic Form
  2. pp. 249-258
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  1. 1. Histories of Myth: The Greek Studies
  2. pp. 239-247
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  1. 4. The History of Philosophy
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  1. 2. The House Beautiful and Its Interpreter
  2. pp. 248-249
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  1. 5. The Anecdote of the Shell
  2. pp. 266-270
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  1. 3. The Philosophy of Mythic Form
  2. pp. 250-258
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  1. 6. Dialogue and Dialectic
  2. pp. 270-277
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  1. 4. The History of Philosophy
  2. pp. 259-266
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  1. 7. Paterian Recollection: The Anagogic Mind
  2. pp. 277-281
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  1. 5. The Anecdote of the Shell
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Afterword
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  1. 6. Dialogue and Dialectic
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  1. Index
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  1. 7. Paterian Recollection: The Anagogic Mind
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  1. Afterword
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  1. Index
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  1. Copyright
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