Fictions of British Decadence: High Art, Popular Writing and the Fin De Siècle

Fictions of British Decadence: High Art, Popular Writing and the Fin De Siècle

by Kirsten MacLeod


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Fictions of British Decadence is a fresh account of the emergence, development and legacy of fiction written in the era of Oscar Wilde. It examines a broad range of texts by a diverse array of Decadent writers, from familiar figures such as Ernest Dowson and John Davidson to lesser-known innovators such as Arthur Machen and M.P. Shiel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403999085
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 04/21/2006
Series: Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Edition description: 2006
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

KIRSTEN MACLEOD specializes in Anglo-American Modernist literature. Her publications include a critical edition of Marie Corelli's Wormwood and articles on Corelli, M.P. Shiel and American Decadent little magazines. She was a Harry Ransom Research Fellow 2004-2005, and is working on a book on Decadence and American Modernism.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowlegements Introduction: British Decadence à rebours The Mystified Class Origins of Decadence Decadent Positionings: Decadence and the Literary Field The Birth of the Decadent in Fiction, 1884-89 Writing Against Decadence, 1890-97 Decadent Fiction Before the Keynote Series 'Keynotes' of Decadence, 1894-95 Decadence in the Shadow of the Wilde Trials and Beyond The Afterlife of the Decadents or, Life After Decadence Notes References Index

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