Romancing Decay: Ideas of Decadence in European Culture

1st Edition

Michael St John

Routledge
Published November 17, 2016
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9781138268845 - CAT# Y314817
Series: Studies in European Cultural Transition

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Summary

This collection of fifteen essays looks at the theme of decadence and its recurring manifestations in European literature and literary criticism from medieval times to the present day. Various definitions of the term are explored, including the notion of decadence as physical decay. Some of the essays draw parallels between modernist and postmodernist notions of decadence. Similarities are detected between fin de siècle decadence at the end of the nineteenth century (which reaches its apotheosis in the character of Eugene Wrayburn in Our Mutual Friend) and depictions of decadence in our own age as we enter the new millennium.

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