Universitatea „Petre Andrei“ din Iaşi, Facultatea de Drept, Departamentul de limbi străine
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1 / 2011
A „satyr” at Queen Victoria’s court: Algernon Charles Swinburne
The present study deals with the intricate relationships between Algernon Charles Swinburne’s public „persona” and his Victorian contemporaries. For the nineteenth century literary careers it is taken into consideration the broad social context referring to the rise and establishment of burgeois values and life style, then the particulary interplay of discreet ideologic targets and public biographic disclosures with sheer cultural action. While still fighing with the contradictory tendencies and ideas of his age, Swinburne likes to dwell inside the paradox. Consequently, at the dawn of the twentiest century, he came to be paradoxically considered as the main mouthpiece of middle class shallowness and vanity. All in all, a Victorian booby trap.
Keywords: burgeoisie, biography, Romanticism, Decadence, Victorianism, myth of literature, public/ prive life
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