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Misreading Anita Brookner: Aestheticism, Intertextuality and the Queer Nineteenth Century

Peta Mayer

Abstract

Anita Brookner was a best-selling women’s writer, Booker Prize winner and an historian of French Romantic art. However she is best known for writing boring, outdated books about lonely, single women. This book offers a queer rereading of Brookner by demonstrating the performative Romanticism of her novels to narrate multiple historical forms of homoerotic desire. It draws on diverse nineteenth-century intertexts from Charles Baudelaire to Henry James, Renée Vivien to Freud to establish a cross-historical and temporal methodology that emphasises figures of anachronism, the lesbian, the backward ... More

Keywords: Anita Brookner, misreading, intertextuality, performative Romanticism, aestheticism, temporality, queer nineteenth-century, figure of the lesbian, Romantic personae, Women’s writer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620597
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620597.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peta Mayer, author