Decadence and literature / edited by Jane Desmarais, Goldsmiths, University of London ; David Weir, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
- New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
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- Physical Description:
- xvii, 413 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
- Additional Creators:
- Desmarais, Jane and Weir, David, 1947 April 20-
- Decadence in Ancient Rome / Jerry Toner -- Decadence and Roman historiography / Shushma Malik -- Nineteenth-century literary and artistic responses to Roman decadence / Isobel Hurst -- Decadence and the Enlightenment / Chad Denton -- Decadence and the urban sensibility / Michael Shaw -- Decadence and the critique of modernity / Jane Desmarais -- Decadence and aesthetics / Sacha Golo -- Decadence and the visual arts / Laura Moure Cecchini -- Decadence and music / Emma Sutton -- Decadence, parody, and new women's writing / Kate Krueger -- The philosophy of decadence / Nicholas D. More -- The sexual psychology of decadence / Melanie Hawthorne -- The theology of decadence / Matthew Bradley -- The science of decadence / Jordan Kistler -- The sociology of decadence / Jeffrey K. Sachs -- Decadence and urban geography / Theresa Zeitz-Lindamood -- Socio-aesthetic histories: Vienna 1900 and Weimar Berlin / Katharina Herold -- Decadence and cinema / David Weir -- Transnational decadence / Stefano Evangelista -- Decadence and modernism / Gerald Gillespie -- Modern prophetic poetry and the decadence of empires: from Kipling to Auden / Chris Baldick -- The gender of decadence: Paris-Lesbos From the fin de siècle to the interwar era / Deborah Longworth -- Decadence and popular culture / Alice Condé.
- "Decadence and Literature explains how the concept of decadence developed since Roman times into a major cultural trope with broad explanatory power. No longer just a term of opprobrium for mannered art or immoral behaviour, decadence today describes complex cultural and social responses to modernity in all its forms. From the Roman emperor's indulgence in luxurious excess as both personal vice and political control, to the Enlightenment libertine's rational pursuit of hedonism, to the nineteenth-century dandy's simultaneous delight and distaste with modern urban life, decadence has emerged as a way of taking cultural stock of major social changes. These changes include the role of women in forms of artistic expression and social participation formerly reserved for men, as well as the increasing acceptance of LGBTQ+ relationships, a development with a direct relationship to decadence. Today, decadence seems more important than ever to an informed understanding of contemporary anxieties and uncertainties"--
"The observation that Richard Drake made in 1982 seems more pertinent than ever, now that decadence has gained a secure place as the object of scholarly investigation. But the concept is no longer solely confined to the domain of "nineteenth-century European cultural history"--
- 9781108426244 hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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