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The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction

Aristocratic Drag

Ellen Crowell

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This book identifies and interprets the longstanding ideological and aesthetic dialogue between the literary imaginations of Anglo-Ireland and the Anglo-American South.

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Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction:
Sham Grandeurs, Sham Chivalries: Ascendancy and Aristocracy in Ireland and the American South
Chapter One:
Oaks, Serpents, and Dandies: Pseudoaristocracy in Maria
Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn
Chapter Two:
The Picture of Charles Bon: Oscar Wilde's Trip through
Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha
Chapter Three:
Ferocious Beauty: Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Anne Porter,
and the Modernist Female Dandy
Epilogue:
The Dandy Unmasked.

About the Author

Ellen Crowell is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at St Louis University

Reviews

Crowell recuperates a transatlantic cultural heritage about which too little has been written … [An] engaging and historically astute study.

- SEL - Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
This is a lively and nuanced account of a fascinating subject. Crowell's readings span topics from the female dandy, to decadence, to the politics of class, nationality, race and gender, offering a fresh perspective on these canonical and lesser known texts.
- Emma Sutton, School of English, The University of St Andrews

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