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SophisticationA Literary and Cultural History$
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Faye Hammill

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312328

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316111

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Childhood, consumption and decadence: Victorian and Edwardian sophistication

Childhood, consumption and decadence: Victorian and Edwardian sophistication

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(p.65) 2 Childhood, consumption and decadence: Victorian and Edwardian sophistication
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Sophistication
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846312328.003.0003

This chapter examines sophistication in the Victorian and Edwardian periods as represented in literary texts. It analyses child's relationship to innocence and sophistication and describes sophisticated figures of the era. It also considers the issues of dandyism, aestheticism, and cosmopolitanism. This chapter also provides a close reading of several relevant works including Henry James' Daisy Miller, Max Beerbohm's Zuleika Dobson, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Daisy Ashford's The Young Visiters.

Keywords:   sophistication, Victorian period, Edwardian periods, child, innocence, dandyism, aestheticism, cosmopolitanism, literary texts

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