A Baedeker of Decadence: Charting a Literary Fashion, 1884-1927

A Baedeker of Decadence: Charting a Literary Fashion, 1884-1927

by George C. Schoolfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300047142

ISBN-13: 9780300047141

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

During the final decades of the nineteenth century, a common mind-set emerged among many intellectuals-"la décadence." Many novels and novellas of the period were populated with protagonists who were fragile, refined, self-absorbed, and preoccupied with a trivially exquisite aesthetic. A Baedeker of Decadence presents thirty-two international works of literary…  See more details below

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During the final decades of the nineteenth century, a common mind-set emerged among many intellectuals-"la décadence." Many novels and novellas of the period were populated with protagonists who were fragile, refined, self-absorbed, and preoccupied with a trivially exquisite aesthetic. A Baedeker of Decadence presents thirty-two international works of literary decadence written between 1884 and 1927. George C. Schoolfield, a world authority on the decadent novel, offers an entertaining and wide-ranging commentary on this highly significant literary and cultural phenomenon. Schoolfield tracks down the symptoms of decadence in narrative works written in more than a dozen languages, providing synopses and passages in English translation to give a sense of each author's style and tone. Schoolfield throws new light on the close intellectual kinship of authors from August Strindberg to Bram Stoker to Thomas Mann, and on the ingredients, themes, motifs, and preconceptions that characterized decadent literature.

Author Biography: George C. Schoolfield is professor emeritus of German and Scandinavian literature, Yale University. He is the author, editor, or translator of numerous books, among them A History of Finland's Literature, for which the Swedish Literary Society in Finland awarded him its prestigious Tollander Prize.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300047141
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Baedekers....................ix
Preface....................xiii
1. France: Joris-Karl Huysmans....................1
2. Ireland: George Moore....................16
3. Italy: Gabriele D'Annunzio....................29
4. Sweden: August Strindberg....................43
5. England: Oscar Wilde....................58
6. Holland: Louis Couperus....................71
7. Norway: Arne Garborg....................85
8. Belgium: Georges Rodenbach....................100
9. Poland/Prussia: Stanislaw Przybyszewski....................117
10. Finland: Karl August Tavaststjerna....................132
11. Ireland: Edith Oenone Somerville and Violet Martin Ross....................147
12. Austria: Leopold von Andrian, Rainer Maria Rilke....................164
13. Poland/Prussia: Stanislaw Przybyszewski....................182
14. Wales: Arthur Machen....................198
15. England: Bram Stoker....................215
16. Portugal: José Maria Eça de Queirós....................233
17. Spain: Ramón María del Valle-Inclán....................247
18. Germany: Thomas Mann....................267
19. Sweden: Oscar Levertin, Gustaf af Geijerstam, Hjalmar Söderberg, Kjell Strömberg....................286
20. Denmark: Herman Bang....................305
21. Australia: Henry Handel Richardson....................327
22. The United States: James Gibbons Huneker....................356
23. Iceland: Halldór KiljanLaxness....................373
Bibliography....................401
Index....................409

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