Social Taradiddles

Social Taradiddles George du Maurier. Scanned image and text by George P. Landow [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

Commentary: This is one of du Maurier's many satiric commentaries on the common combinations of pretentiousness with ignorance of the arts. It is also exemplifies the actions of what Michel Foucault terms the "author function," -- the process by which a name becomes a guarantee of supposed aesthetic quality and aesthetic homogeneity.


du Maurier, George. English Society. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.

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