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The Resource William Beckford : the elusive Orientalist, Laurent Châtel

William Beckford : the elusive Orientalist, Laurent Châtel

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William Beckford : the elusive Orientalist
Title
William Beckford
Title remainder
the elusive Orientalist
Statement of responsibility
Laurent Châtel
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The writer and aesthete William Beckford (1760-1844) was a fascinating embodiment of the sublime egotist. Because of his extravagance, fabulousness and enigmatic nature, biographers have alternately presented him as an object of fascination or dismissed him as an insolent and deceptive character. Laurent Châtel provides an innovative reassessment of Beckford by presenting 'elusiveness' as the defining motif for understanding both the writer and his work. Laurent Châtel opens his analysis by exploring the author's fascination for the East, which informed several of his multi-layered works such as 'The long story', 'Suite des contes arabes' and Vathek. By reconnecting him with the eighteenth-century aesthetic of translation and reappropriation of the Arabian nights, Châtel shows how Beckford's Orientalism was key to his elusiveness, and presents him as a fabulist who supplemented existing tales with touches of wonder and horror. In further chapters Châtel explores his lack of recognition as a man of letters--whether desired or not. Through an analysis of the arguably limited reception of Beckford's works, in particular in France both during his lifetime and immediately after his death, we see how his deliberate elusiveness of style was constitutive of his identity."--
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contains biographical information
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Châtel, Laurent
Dewey number
823.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment,
Series volume
2016:11
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  • Beckford, William
  • Novelists, English
  • Novelists, English
  • Orientalism in literature
Label
William Beckford : the elusive Orientalist, Laurent Châtel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-242) and index
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volume
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
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  • sti
  • txt
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. Orientalist Beckford. Turning East : Orientalist learning, aesthetics and taste -- 'As Indian as ever' : 'the long story' -- 'Sparks of Orientalism' : Beckford's 'children of the Nights' -- 'Such a valuable morsel of Orientalism' : Beckford's Vathek and its Episodes -- Part II. In search of the author : authorised translations and translated authorship. '[N]os bons literateurs ont paru meme ignorer leur existence.' Invisible in France? The French reception of Beckford, 1760-1876 -- 'Inconnu dans les annales de la terre' : the missed fortune of Beckford -- Conclusion : Beckford re-Oriented -- Appendix A. Beckford's Orientalist collection of books, prints and drawings -- Appendix B. 'Beckford Orientalising' : dreaming of Father Urreta's Ethiopian underworld
Control code
ocn963693085
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 247 pages
Isbn
9780729411882
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)963693085
Label
William Beckford : the elusive Orientalist, Laurent Châtel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. Orientalist Beckford. Turning East : Orientalist learning, aesthetics and taste -- 'As Indian as ever' : 'the long story' -- 'Sparks of Orientalism' : Beckford's 'children of the Nights' -- 'Such a valuable morsel of Orientalism' : Beckford's Vathek and its Episodes -- Part II. In search of the author : authorised translations and translated authorship. '[N]os bons literateurs ont paru meme ignorer leur existence.' Invisible in France? The French reception of Beckford, 1760-1876 -- 'Inconnu dans les annales de la terre' : the missed fortune of Beckford -- Conclusion : Beckford re-Oriented -- Appendix A. Beckford's Orientalist collection of books, prints and drawings -- Appendix B. 'Beckford Orientalising' : dreaming of Father Urreta's Ethiopian underworld
Control code
ocn963693085
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 247 pages
Isbn
9780729411882
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)963693085

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