Retro-Victorianism and the simulacrum of art in Will Self's Dorian: An imitation

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Title: Retro-Victorianism and the simulacrum of art in Will Self's Dorian: An imitation
Authors: Yebra Pertusa, José María
Keywords: English literature | Self, Will | Dorian: An Imitation | Wilde, Oscar | The Picture of Dorian Gray
Knowledge Area: Filología Inglesa
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Citation: YEBRA PERTUSA, José María. “Retro-Victorianism and the simulacrum of art in Will Self's Dorian: An imitation”. Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses. No. 23 (Nov. 2010). ISSN 0214-4808, pp. 231-247
Abstract: This essay aims at exploring Will Self’s novel Dorian: An Imitation (2002) as a postmodernist revision of Oscar Wilde’s celebrated The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891). Exceptional for ones, immoral and shameful for others, Dorian: An Imitation fosters an intertextual relation with the late-Victorian hypotext whereby both texts are transformed out of a refractory process. Like its predecessor, Self’s novel is primarily interested in aesthetic issues. In this light, my main concern consists in analysing the artistic discourses that Dorian: An Imitation reflects and deflects in the era of simulation. Likewise, I examine how the novel delves into the problematic relationship between “reality” and “fiction”, original and simulacra. At the turn of the millennium, when virtual reality/ies are generated by computers, literature has a challenge which, in my view, Self’s novel deals with. Thus, from the theories of simulation proposed by Jean Baudrillard and, to a lesser extent, Gilles Deleuze, my essay confronts Dorian as a valuable text: it adapts the discourse of new technologies to literary language; it goes into the postmodernist ontological crisis; and, finally, it opens up the debate of aesthetic interaction between the canon and new literatures.
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ISSN: 0214-4808 | 2171-861X (Internet)
DOI: 10.14198/raei.2010.23.13
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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