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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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Introduction: Sham Grandeurs, Sham Chivalries: Architectures of Aristocracy in Ireland and the American South

Introduction: Sham Grandeurs, Sham Chivalries: Architectures of Aristocracy in Ireland and the American South

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(p.1) Introduction: Sham Grandeurs, Sham Chivalries: Architectures of Aristocracy in Ireland and the American South
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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/9780748625482.003.0001

This introductory chapter explains the theme of this book, which is about dandyism in Irish and American Southern literature; discusses the distinction between a dandyism rooted in the Regency period and a dandyism amorphously abroad; and uses the dandy figure as a transatlantic harbinger of aristocracy's inevitable decline. The book shows how the dandy figure travelled further than England and France, gaining purchase in the cultural imaginations of Anglo-Ireland and the American South, where writers capitalised upon the ambiguous dandy's performance of gentility and the challenge which that performance posed to aristocratic claims of genetic exclusivity.

Keywords:   dandyism, Irish literature, American South literature, dandy figure, aristocracy, England, France, cultural imaginations

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