European Symbolism: In Search of Myth (1860-1910)

European Symbolism: In Search of Myth (1860-1910)

by Natasha Grigorian

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European Symbolism: In Search of Myth (1860-1910) by Natasha Grigorian

This first comparative study of the Symbolist use of myth in France, Germany, and Russia closely examines a selected range of poetic and pictorial works created between c. 1860 and 1910. The focus of the discussion is on a constellation of five artists, linked by a complex network of influences: Gustave Moreau, José-Maria de Heredia, and Jean Moréas (France); Stefan George (Germany); and Valerii Bryusov (Russia). By analysing myth in painting and poetry, the book gives a new insight into the significance of heroic and aesthetic ideals in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European culture. International and interdisciplinary in its comparative approach, the study reassesses the distinction between Symbolism and Decadence by shedding new light on the role of myth within the paradoxical interaction of classical and modernist values in Symbolist art. In the course of the argument, Symbolist mythological art emerges as a significant link between the cultural heritage of classical Greece and the creative agonies of twentieth-century European society. The book will appeal not only to scholars of literature and art, but also to a wider academic public concerned with cross-cultural transaction in Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783039115310
Publisher: Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 07/13/2009
Series: Romanticism and after in France / Le Romantisme et apres en France Series , #14
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Natasha Grigorian is a Research Fellow in Comparative Literature at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. She read Modern Languages (French and German) at Magdalen College, Oxford, where she also completed her doctoral thesis in 2006. She is the author of a series of articles and conference papers on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European literature and visual art.

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