Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature

Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature

by Paul Fox
     
 

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This volume follows shifting conceptions of decadence in art and society at various moments in British literature. The decline from a higher standard, social malaise, aesthetic ennui--all of these ideas presume certain facts about the past, the present, and time's linear nature. To reject the past as a given and to relish the subtleties of present nuance is the

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This volume follows shifting conceptions of decadence in art and society at various moments in British literature. The decline from a higher standard, social malaise, aesthetic ennui--all of these ideas presume certain facts about the past, the present, and time's linear nature. To reject the past as a given and to relish the subtleties of present nuance is the beginning of decadence. This study explores the inherent conflict between society's moral contempt toward purportedly decadent artists and the artist's belief that the stranglehold society maintained on individual interpretation was true decadence.

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1880-1920 English Literature in Transition

The vigorous endurance of fin-de-siècle ideas is apparent in this welcome collection of fifteen essays. [...] This collection shows that Decadent studies are in no danger of decline.

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ISBN-13:
9783898215732
Publisher:
ibidem-Verlag Haunschild / Schoen GbR
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Series:
Studies in English Literatures Series, #2
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

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