Vale(d) decadence
Charles Ricketts, Charles Shannon and the Wilde factor
in Bachelors of a different sort
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This chapter seeks to uncover the material traces of identity by que(e)rying how the perception and performances of masculinity intersects with domesticity at a time when the two were said to be incompatible. It continues the exploration of Wilde as a shadow figure in the lives of these two men at a particularly fraught and ultimately decisive moment in the Irish poet and playwright's life. By including Wilde in the discussion, the chapter also seeks to problematize the relationship between Aestheticism, the interior and sexuality as worked out through Charles Ricketts's own tense and complicated relationship with Wilde. The impact of Ricketts and Charles Shannon's numerous homes together is made tangible in both the contemporary and posthumous accounts of the theorists, painters, critics and poets whose lives were touched by these two formidable aesthetes.


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