Nihilism, cosmetics and audacity : dandyism & Dorian Gray
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis presents a study of dandyism with reference to Oscar Wilde and Dorian Gray in the form of a comparative analysis. It provides a critique of the social and cultural theories of dandyism of Ellen Moers, Sima Godfrey, Carter Ratcliff, in relation to the dandyfied views of Charles Baudelaire and Barbey D'Aurevilly. It establishes a philosophical tradition of dandyism, bearing on the positions of Jacques Derrida, and on Jean Baudrillard's characterization of postmodernity. Employing the ideas of Walter Benjamin and Andrew Ross, it puts the thesis of the dandy as a point of confluence between fashion and philosophy, ethics and resthetics.