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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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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
The Dandy Unmasked.

About the Author

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


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

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

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