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Beginning at the end : decadence, modernism, and postcolonial poetry

Author: Robert Stilling
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
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In 1857, Charles Baudelaire described the colonial condition as one in which "a nation begins with decadence and starts off where the others leave off." A century later, Frantz Fanon would argue that postcolonial artists were "beginning at the end," following the West's "path of negation and decadence" while skipping the inventive phase of youth. In Beginning at the End, Robert Stilling argues that for writers and  Read more...
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Stilling, Robert, 1977-
Beginning at the end.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017047224
(OCoLC)1006472021
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Stilling
ISBN: 9780674919716 0674919718
OCLC Number: 1030304374
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: Decadence and decolonization --
Agha Shahid Ali, Oscar Wilde, and the politics of form for form's sake --
Decadence and the visual arts in Derek Walcott's West Indies --
Decadence and anti-realism in the art of Yinka Shonibare --
Bernardine Evaristo's silver-age poetics --
Decadence and the archive in Derek Mahon's The yellow book --
Conclusion: Dandies at the gate.
Responsibility: Robert Stilling.
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Robert Stilling shows how aestheticism's decadence became a key idea in postcolonial thought, describing the failures of revolutionary nationalism and asserting cosmopolitanism in poetry and art.  Read more...

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This book presents a highly timely contribution to our understanding of modernism, decadence, and postcolonial literary history. Ranging impressively over a global frame of reference, and joining the Read more...

 
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