Decadent Poetics: Literature and Form at the British Fin de Siecle

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Decadent Poetics has gathered together some of the most important scholars working in Victorian studies, with the ten essays here exploring the complex and vexed topic of decadent literature's formal characteristics. Invigorated by shifts in Victorian studies over the past ten years, this collection interrogates previously held assumptions around the nature of decadent form. The term 'poetics' conveys here not just the prosodic, but the multiplicitous forms of cultural production across the fin de siècle. From ...

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Decadent Poetics: Literature and Form at the British Fin de Siècle

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Decadent Poetics has gathered together some of the most important scholars working in Victorian studies, with the ten essays here exploring the complex and vexed topic of decadent literature's formal characteristics. Invigorated by shifts in Victorian studies over the past ten years, this collection interrogates previously held assumptions around the nature of decadent form. The term 'poetics' conveys here not just the prosodic, but the multiplicitous forms of cultural production across the fin de siècle. From perfume to the post-human, theatre to attenuated textualities, these essays explore the ways in which the literary intersects with its others in the period. The range of writers studied here moves from those who now constitute a decadent canon - Oscar Wilde, 'Michael Field', Charles Baudelaire, Algernon Charles Swinburbane and Ernest Dowson - to those whose work still inhabits the scholarly margins: A.E. Housman, Arthur Machen, Hubert Crackanthorpe and Graham R. Tomson.

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Jason Hall is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Exeter, UK.

Alex Murray is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Exeter, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Decadent Poetics; Alex Murray and Jason David Hall
1. How Decadent Poems Die; Joseph Bristow
2. Did a Decadent Metre Exist at the Fin de Siècle?; Meredith Martin
3. Decadent Forms: Parnassus in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction; Marion Thain
4. 'The Harem of Words': Attenuation and Excess in Decadent Poetry; Nick Freeman
5. In Praise of Decadence: The Epideictic Mode from Baudelaire to Wilde; Matthew Potolsky
6. Another Renaissance: The Decadent Poetic Drama of A. C. Swinburbane and Michael Field; Ana Parejo Vadillo
7. Salome, Simile, Symboliste; Ellis Hanson
8. Naturalism and Decadence: The Case of Hubert Crackanthorpe; William Greenslade
9. 'A Disembodied Voice': The Posthuman Formlessness of Decadence; Dennis Denisoff
10. Scents and Sensibility: The Fragrance of Decadence; Catherine Maxwell
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