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Epilogue: The Dandy Unmasked: Emma Donoghue's ‘Words for Things’ and Tim Grimsley's <i>Dream Boy</i>

Ellen Crowell

in The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625482
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652051 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625482.003.0005
Epilogue: The Dandy Unmasked: Emma Donoghue's ‘Words for Things’ and Tim Grimsley's Dream Boy

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This chapter considers two contemporary Irish and Southern narratives in which the dandy emerges unmasked: Emma Donoghue's ‘Words for Things’ and Tim Grimsley's Dream Boy. Donoghue and Grimsley concretised what other Irish and Southern writers left suggestively ambiguous, by making queer identities within aristocratic landscapes central and explicit. They acknowledged the dandy's longstanding aesthetic presence as a decadent figure signifying aristocratic decline and introduced dandies turned rebels: openly defiant protagonists who draw upon the dandy's ambiguity to embody what traditional cultures once deemed taboo.

Keywords: dandy; Emma Donoghue; Words for Things; Tim Grimsley; Dream Boy; queer identities; aristocratic decline

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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