India and the English Aesthetes

by Reginald Massey Gutala Krishnamurti who died recently was a Telugu and English scholar who believed that the Aesthetic Movement which flourished during the 1890s (the fin de siecle period) was among the most productive in English literature. The Aesthetes viewed life as an art. Taking their cue from the likes of the flamboyant Wilde they raised the slogan of “Art for Art’s Sake”. The Aesthetes ignored staid Victorian moral values which they considered to be bogus and hypocritical. Here they certainly had a point. Tennyson’s thundering and jingoistic work…

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