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Culture as Continuum: Walter Pater's Dionysus in Exile and the Power of Ekphrasis

Gabriele Rippl
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Over the last decades scholars of Victorian literature, modernism, gender and art history have investigated Walter Pater's complex literary texts and essays from new angles. Due to the intense cross-cultural, intermedial and interdisciplinary nature of his work Pater is still a topical writer. Against the backdrop of current academic debates on intermediality, transculturality, cultural memory, biofiction and the construction of classical antiquity this article readdresses Pater as an ekphrastic writer and innovative historian of culture. His imaginary portrait Denys l'Auxerrois is read as a comparative, transcultural and transhistorical narrative which allowed Pater to transgress disciplinary boundaries, to experiment with the Victorian genre rules, to fathom the relationships of the media and to contribute significantly to historiography.

Published Online: 2011-December
Published in Print: 2011-December
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