Decadence, Degeneration, and the End: Studies in the European Fin de Siecle (Paperback)
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Decadence, Degeneration, and the End: Studies in the European Fin de Siecle (Paperback)

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Art and literature during the European fin-de-siecle period often manifested themes of degeneration and decay, both of bodies and civilizations, as well as illness, bizarre sexuality, and general morbidity. This collection explores these topics in relation to artists and writers as diverse as Oscar Wilde, August Strindberg, and Aubrey Beardsley.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349500802
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 3746 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2014


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"Marja Harmanmaa and Christopher Nissen's Decadence, Degeneration, and the End: Studies in the European Fin de Siecle is a highly original collection of essays that successfully brings new issues, new authors, and new artists into the orbit of decadent culture. A particular strength is the book's richly comparative, multidisciplinary approach: the essays range over British, French, Belgian, Spanish, Scandinavian, German, Greek, Italian, and Russian culture, while also extending discussion of decadence beyond literature and into the fields of art and science. A significant contribution to a topic of growing importance." - David Weir, Professor of Comparative Literature, The Cooper Union, USA and author of Decadence and the Making of Modernism and Decadent Culture in the United States: Art and Literature against the American Grain, 1890 1926

"This extraordinary collection of essays brings a new geographical and intellectual scope to our notion of decadence and its close relatives, degeneracy and aestheticism. Through history and science, visual and literary arts, from France and Britain to Russia, from the Nordic countries to Italy, Spain and Latin America, this volume incorporates an unprecedented range of materials. All scholars of the period will immediately recognise why this is essential reading, and the editors are to be congratulated on their vision in assembling a collection at once so varied and so focused." - David Ayers, Professor of Modernism and Critical Theory, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK

"The fin-de-siecle decadence is a complex and multifaceted cultural phenomenon that reached deeply into all aspects of European culture and the arts. This excellent volume offers a much needed reassessment of a number of key aesthetic and thematic preoccupations of decadent culture by means of a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective. The focus on notions of decadence, degeneration, and death sheds light onto the dark and pessimistic response of artists to modern life and science, while arguing forcefully for a reappraisal of such notions as fundamental to the call for regeneration and renewal in political, literary, and artistic terms which we normally associate with modernism." - Giuliana Pieri, Reader in Italian and the Visual Arts, Holloway University of London, UK

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