A Baedeker of Decadence
Charting a Literary Fashion, 1884-1927
By (author) George C. Schoolfield
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Baedeker of Decadence by George C. Schoolfield
Book DescriptionDuring the final decades of the nineteenth century, a common mind-set emerged among many intellectuals--"la decadence." Many novels and novellas of the period were populated with protagonists who were fragile, refined, self-absorbed, and preoccupied with a trivially exquisite aesthetic. A Baedeker of Decadence presents thirty-two international works of literary decadence written between 1884 and 1927. George C. Schoolfield, a world authority on the decadent novel, offers an entertaining and wide-ranging commentary on this highly significant literary and cultural phenomenon. Schoolfield tracks down the symptoms of decadence in narrative works written in more than a dozen languages, providing synopses and passages in English translation to give a sense of each author's style and tone. Schoolfield throws new light on the close intellectual kinship of authors from August Strindberg to Bram Stoker to Thomas Mann, and on the ingredients, themes, motifs, and preconceptions that characterized decadent literature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300047141
(241mm x 167mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - George C. Schoolfield
George C. Schoolfield is professor emeritus of German and Scandinavian literature, Yale University. He is the author, editor, or translator of numerous books, among them A History of Finland's Literature, for which the Swedish Literary Society in Finland awarded him its prestigious Tollander Prize.
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