Deconstructing Gautier's literary dandyism

dc.contributor.advisorWettlaufer, Alexandra
dc.creatorHythecker, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned2024-04-29T23:01:10Z
dc.date.available2024-04-29T23:01:10Z
dc.date.issued2005-05-21
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this paper is to examine how the text of Théophile Gautier’s Mademoiselle de Maupin disproves the philosophy of the dandiacal artform called, “l’art pour l’art,” presented within the preface to the novel. To elucidate the characteristics inherent to dandyism, I will first introduce the history of the European dandy, and then I will examine how this cultural icon influenced artistic production and criticism during the nineteenth century. Writers such as Théophile Gautier, who perceived the notion of artistic utility as the antithesis of individual expression, chose to adopt the model of aesthetic superiority presented by the dandy as a means to advocate artistic anti-utilitarianism. In my thesis, however, I intend to demonstrate that the story of d’Albert and Madeleine de Maupin, the two dandiesque figures of Gautier’s novel, in fact contradicts and undermines the notion of “l’art pour l’art”
dc.description.departmentFrench and Italian
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/124950
dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.rights.restrictionRestricted
dc.subjectThéophile Gautier
dc.subjectL’art pour l’art
dc.subjectDandyism
dc.titleDeconstructing Gautier's literary dandyism
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentFrench and Italian
thesis.degree.disciplineFrench
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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