Literature and the politics of post-Victorian decadence / Kristin Mahoney, Western Washington University.Material type: TextPublisher: New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: xi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781107109742; 1107109744.Subject(s): Decadence (Literary movement) -- Great Britain | Modernism (Aesthetics) -- Great Britain | Modernism (Literature) -- Great BritainDDC classification: 820.9/0091 Other classification: LIT004120 | 18.05
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"In Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence, Kristin Mahoney argues that the early twentieth century was a period in which the specters of the fin de siècle exercised a remarkable draw on the modern cultural imagination and troubled emergent avant-gardistes. These authors and artists refused to assimilate to the aesthetic and political ethos of the era, representing themselves instead as time travelers from the previous century for whom twentieth-century modernity was both baffling and disappointing. However, they did not turn entirely from the modern moment, but rather relied on decadent strategies to participate in conversations concerning the most highly-vexed issues of the period including war, the rise of the Labour Party, the question of women's sexual freedom, and changing conceptions of sexual and gender identities"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-251) and index.
Introduction: The Fighting Nineties: The Age Of The Critical Function -- "Queer Indifference": Max Beerbohm, Post-Victorian Decadence, And Camp Nostalgia -- Pacifism and Post-Victorian Decadence: Vernon Lee at the Margins of the Twentieth Century -- "Towards Aristocracy": Baron Corvo and the Corvine Society -- Irish Decadence, Occultism, and Sacrificial Myth: The Martyrdom of Althea Gyles -- Crusading Decadent: Beresford Egan, Global Dandyism, and Post-Victorian Decadent Feminism -- Afterword: Notes on Post-Victorian Decadence after the Wars.