Decadence And Catholicism

Decadence And Catholicism

by Ellis Hanson, Aubrey Beardsley
     
 

Ellis Hanson traces the intersections of the aesthetic, erotic, and religious in the decadent literature of the late nineteenth century. The decadents--including Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, J. K. Huysmans, Walter Pater, and Paul Verlaine--found in the Catholic Church a peculiar language that gave them a means of artistic and sexual expression. Hanson shows how… See more details below

Overview

Ellis Hanson traces the intersections of the aesthetic, erotic, and religious in the decadent literature of the late nineteenth century. The decadents--including Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, J. K. Huysmans, Walter Pater, and Paul Verlaine--found in the Catholic Church a peculiar language that gave them a means of artistic and sexual expression. Hanson shows how Catholicism offered both the hysterical symptom and the last hope for paganism amid the dullness of Victorian puritanism and bourgeois materialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674194465
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Ellis Hanson is Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Dialectic of Shame and Grace

Perfect Wagnerites

Christianity as Paradis Artificiel

Verlaine's Amour

In Praise of Shame

Huysmans Mystérique

Unconscious Unction

Conversion Hysteria

Christianity by the Back Door

Refined Thebaids

Pater Dolorosa

Pater Noster

Renaissance and Resurrection

Virgin Marius

Monkish Miracles

The Temptation of Saint Oscar

Christ for Christ's Sake

Ritualism and Dandyism

Seduction and the Scarlet Woman

The Confessional Unmasked

Priests and Acolytes

Fragrant Prayers

Father Silverpoints

Pio Corvo

Saint Oscar Redivivus

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Illustrations

The Wagnerites, by Aubrey Beardsley

The Ascension of Saint Rose of Lima, from Aubrey Beardsley's Under the Hill (1895)

Engraving of Charcot at the Salpêtrière

Drawing of Saint Philip, from Charcot and Richer's Les Démoniaques dans l'Art (1887)

The Crucifixion (1512-1516), by Matthias Grünewald (detail)

Salomé Dancing before Herod (1876), by Gustave Moreau

"Height of Fashion" (1866), from Punch

"Selling off!" (1851), from Punch

John and Salomé by Aubrey Beardsley, from Oscar Wilde's Salomé (1892)

"A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" (1877), from Punch

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