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Decadence

Mandal, Anthony 2001. Decadence. In: Clark, Robert, Elliott, Emory and Todd, Janet eds. Literary Dictionary and Encyclopaedia, The Literary Dictionary Company Limited,

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Abstract

In the development of modern Western literature, the Decadent movement of the late nineteenth century enjoys an ambiguous status, significant yet subversive. Decadence vocalizes the paradox of modern cosmopolitans who found themselves dependent on a lifestyle which they inherently despised. The term itself is one fraught with difficulties: it is more than a synonym for “decay” or “immorality”, and the immediate popularity achieved by the term indicates that it addressed a wide-spread and until-then unconscious need.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Publisher: The Literary Dictionary Company Limited
ISBN: 1747-678X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:29
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/79247

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