On Pater's Late Style.
Nineteenth-Century Prose 1997, Fall, 24, 2
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Many critics have agreed that Pater's characteristic position in all his writing is that of the "latecomer" (in Harold Bloom's well-known formulation). This position as the end of a long critical tradition may be appreciated more fully if seen as a mobile and internally differentiated set of positions, and in this sense Pater's stance may be seen as a determining feature both of his style and of his view of style. With a focus primarily on Pater's late essay, "Style" (1888), this argument seeks to analyze Pater's "late" stance, its relation of a critical present to its many pasts, and Pater's view of style as personal and historical expression. In the end, it offers a new reading of the famous critical crux at the end of "Style," a reading in which Pater's distinction between "good art" and "great art" is seen not as a retrenchment from an earlier position but as a familiar shift of focus from the personal to the historical register of style. **********
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- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: 22 September 1997
- Publisher: Nineteenth-Century Prose
- Print Length: 35 Pages
- Language: English