Decadent Subjects

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Decadent Subjects

Decadent Subjects

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pstrongAn illuminating exploration of fin de sicle decadence by a well-known authority in the areas of European literature, culture, and psychoanalysis (Pre-Raphaelite Studies)./strong/ppThe influential writer and scholar Charles Bernheimer described decadence as a stimulant that bends thought out of shape, deforming traditional conceptual molds. In this posthumously published work, Bernheimer succeeds in making a critical concept out of this perennially fashionable, rarely understood term./ppThis remarkable collection of essays shows the contradictions of the phenomenon, which is both a condition and a state of mind. In seeking to show why people have failed to give a satisfactory account of the term decadence, Bernheimer argues that we often mistakenly take decadence to represent something concrete, that we see as some sort of agent. His salutary response is to return to those authors and artists whose work constitutes the topos of decadence, rereading key late nineteenth-century authors such as Nietzsche, Zola, Hardy, Wilde, Moreau, and Freud to rediscover the very dynamics of the decadent./ppThrough careful analysis of the literature, art, and music of the fin de sicleincluding a riveting discussion of the many faces of SalomeBernheimer leaves us with a fascinating and multidimensional look at decadence./ppstrongHonorable Mention for the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association/strong/p
  • Categoría BISAC LIT020000
  • Formato Ebook
  • Idioma Inglés
  • Año 2002
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