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

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

by George C. Schoolfield
     
 

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

Baedekers
Preface
1France: Joris-Karl Huysmans1
2Ireland: George Moore16
3Italy: Gabriele D'Annunzio29
4Sweden: August Strindberg43
5England: Oscar Wilde58
6Holland: Louis Couperus71
7Norway: Arne Garborg85
8Belgium: Georges Rodenbach100
9Poland/Prussia: Stanislaw Przybyszewski117
10Finland: Karl August Tavaststjerna132
11Ireland: Edith Oenone Somerville and Violet Martin Ross147
12Austria: Leopold von Andrian, Rainer Maria Rilke164
13Poland/Prussia: Stanislaw Przybyszewski182
14Wales: Arthur Machen198
15England: Bram Stoker215
16Portugal: Jose Maria Eca de Queiros233
17Spain: Ramon Maria del Valle-Inclan247
18Germany: Thomas Mann267
19Sweden: Oscar Levertin, Gustaf af Geijerstam, Hjalmar Soderberg, Kjell Stromberg286
20Denmark: Herman Bang305
21Australia: Henry Handel Richardson327
22The United States: James Gibbons Huneker356
23Iceland: Halldor Kiljan Laxness373
Bibliography401
Index409

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