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The Dandy in Irish and American Southern FictionAristocratic Drag$
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Ellen Crowell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625482

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625482.001.0001

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Oaks, Serpents and Dandies: Pseudoaristocracy in Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn

Oaks, Serpents and Dandies: Pseudoaristocracy in Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn

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(p.28) Chapter 1 Oaks, Serpents and Dandies: Pseudoaristocracy in Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn
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The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction
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Ellen Crowell

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625482.003.0002

This chapter compares dandyism in Anglo-Irish and Anglo-Southern literature, focusing on Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn. It argues that in these two texts, considered as foundational in the Irish big house and southern plantation novel traditions, the dandy figure's cultural and sexual decadence threatens colonial aristocracy. The chapter suggests that a common merger of aesthetics and proactive reform links the Anglo-Irish big house and Southern plantation novel literary traditions from their inception.

Keywords:   dandyism, Anglo-Irish literature, Anglo-Southern literature, Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent, John Pendleton Kennedy, Swallow Barn, plantation novels, colonial aristocracy, aesthetics

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