Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence (Hardback)
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Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence (Hardback)

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In Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence, Kristin Mahoney argues that the early twentieth century was a period in which the specters of the fin de siecle exercised a remarkable draw on the modern cultural imagination and troubled emergent avant-gardistes. These authors and artists refused to assimilate to the aesthetic and political ethos of the era, representing themselves instead as time travellers from the previous century for whom twentieth-century modernity was both baffling and disappointing. However, they did not turn entirely from the modern moment, but rather relied on decadent strategies to participate in conversations concerning the most highly vexed issues of the period including war, the rise of the Labour Party, the question of women's sexual freedom, and changing conceptions of sexual and gender identities.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107109742
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... Mahoney's recovery of less[er]-known figures constitute[s] important and complementary contributions to our understanding of the continuities and affiliations and the ruptures and reinventions between Modernism and the fin de siecle.' Forum for Modern Language Studies
'... Mahoney force[s] us to rethink the claims Modernism made for itself and how far those claims have determined literary values since.' Kate Hext, The Times Literary Supplement
'... a thoroughly engaging book, written with admirable clarity and nicely produced into the bargain.' Nick Freeman, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies

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