By Jason David Hall, Alex Murray
Decadent Poetics explores the advanced and vexed subject of decadent literature's formal features and interrogates formerly held assumptions round the nature of decadent shape. Writers studied comprise Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire and Algernon Charles Swinburne, in addition to A.E. Housman, Arthur Machen and Hubert Crackanthorpe.
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Charles Blanc, The Grammar of Painting and Engraving , trans. Kate N. Doggett (Chicago: S. C. , 1891), p. 169. 33. Walter Pater, The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 87. 34. Reed, Decadent Style, p. 186. 35. Emma Sutton, Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). 36. As a complement to the essays gathered in the present volume, readers may wish to consult the following works, which engage specifically with the disciplinary apparatuses of musicology and art history: Emma Sutton’s Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s; Stephen Downes’s Music and Decadence in European Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Alex Murray and Jason David Hall 23 37.
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