Decadent Culture in the United States: Art and Literature against the American Grain, 1890-1926

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The paradoxes of the American decadent movement in the 1890s and 1920s.
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“David Weir chases down myriad long-ignored traces of a largely forgotten American artistic subculture: the often gay, countercultural, urbane, and sometimes snooty group that flew the banner of ‘decadence.’ … he is an … unassuming and admirably prepared guide.” — Modern Philology

“…Weir provides useful insights into what he assumes was the hardly home-grown phenomenon of American Decadence.” — The Times Literary Supplement

“…this book is more expository than analytical, but the absence of previous scholarly attention to these issues makes it necessarily so. Weir’s engaging writing style makes the book broadly accessible … Highly recommended.” — CHOICE

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Meet the Author

David Weir is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is the author of Brahma in the West: William Blake and the Oriental Renaissance, also published by SUNY Press; Decadence and the Making of Modernism; James Joyce and the Art of Mediation; and Anarchy and Culture: The Aesthetic Politics of Modernism.

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Table of Contents

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1. Introduction: The Problem of American Decadence

2. New York: Decadent Connections

3. Boston: Decadent Communities

4. Chicago: The Business of Decadence

5. San Francisco: The Seacoast of Decadence

6. The Decadent Revival


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