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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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Nostalgia, glamour and excess: the postwar decades

Nostalgia, glamour and excess: the postwar decades

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This chapter examines the literary depiction of sophistication during the 1950s and 1960s. It suggests the post–First World War and post–Second World War periods exhibited nostalgia for the lost social structures of aristocracy and leisure, and that many postwar representations of sophistication are melancholic in tone and pervaded with images of degeneration. This chapter analyses several relevant works including the novels Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, and the handbook of chic A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux.

Keywords:   sophistication, nostalgia, images of degeneration, Bonjour Tristesse, Lolita, Il Gattopardo, A Guide to Elegance

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