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Fictions of British decadence : high art, popular writing, and the fin de siècle

Author: Kirsten MacLeod
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Series: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
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'Fictions of British Decadence' explores the emergence, development and legacy of fiction written in the era of Oscar Wilde. MacLeod examines how 'Decadent writers' helped negotiate the transition from Victorian to Modernist fiction.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kirsten MacLeod
ISBN: 1403999082 9781403999085
OCLC Number: 62593807
Description: ix, 222 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction. The French origins of British decadence ; Decadence in Britain ; Mythologizing British decadence ; The 'tragic generation' ; Decadence as high art ; Class myths of decadence: bohemians and aristocratic dandies ; Demythologizing British decadence ; Reading British decadence à rebours ; Fictions of British decadence --
The mystified class origins of decadence. Professionals vs. capitalists in the mid-Victorian period ; The emergence of the decadent sensibility --
Decadent positioning: decadence and the literary field. The battle for cultural authority in the fin-de-siècle literary field ; 'Other' decadent role models: George Meredith and Robert Louis Stevenson ; Paving the way for decadence: publishers of decadence --
The birth of the decadent in fiction, 1884-89. Aestheticism, naturalism, and the emergence of decadence ; The decadent aesthete, aestheticized naturalism, and Vernon Lee's Miss Brown ; George Moore's ur-texts of decadence: Confessions of a young man and Mike Fletcher --
Writing against decadence, 1890-97. 'Delighting in dirtiness and confessing its delight': the reception of The picture of Dorian Gray ; Women writing against decadence ; Marie Corelli's Wormwood: a counter-decadent discourse? ; The Beth book and the 'grand' stand against decadence. Decadent fiction before the keynotes series. Robert Hichens's 'The collaborators': a model for decadent literary production ; A real-life collaboration: Ernest Dowson and Arthur Moore's Comedy of masks ; Collaboration or interference? John Davidson's North wall --
'Keynotes' of decadence, 1894-95. Defining the keynotes of decadence: perfecting the counter-decadent discourse ; Arthur Machen's Great god Pan and decadent pan(ic) ; Transcending genre: high/low collaboration in M.P. Shiel's Prince Zaleski --
Decadence in the shadow if the Wilde trials and beyond. The swan song of decadence: Arthur Machen's Hill of dreams ; Decadence, decadents and the literary field in the shadow of the Wilde trials ; Decadence and the Edwardian and Modernist literary fields --
The afterlife of the decadents or, Life after decadence. Ernest Dowson (1867-1900): the 'Dowson legend' as 'fiction of decadence' ; John Davidson (1857-1909): a decadent malgré lui ; Arthur Machen (1863-1947): the difficult decadent ; M.P. Shiel (1865-1947): the mediating decadent.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
Responsibility: Kirsten MacLeod.
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'Fictions of British Decadence' explores the emergence, development and legacy of fiction written in the era of Oscar Wilde. MacLeod examines how 'Decadent writers' helped negotiate the transition from Victorian to Modernist fiction.

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