Decadence and Catholicism by Ellis Hanson
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Decadence and Catholicism
By Ellis Hanson

Decadence and Catholicism

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Decadence and Catholicism by Ellis Hanson

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Romantic writers had found in Christianity a poetic cult of the imagination, an assertion of the spiritual quality of beauty in an age of vulgar materialism. The decadents, a diverse movement of writers, were the climax and exhaustion of this romantic tradition. In their art, they enacted the romance of faith as a protest against the dreariness of modern life. Ellis Hanson teases out two strands, eroticism and aestheticism, that rendered the decadent interest in Catholicism extraordinary. More than any other literary movement, the decadents explored the historical relationship between homoeroticism and Roman Catholicism. Why, throughout history, have so many homosexuals been attracted to Catholic institutions that vociferously condemn homosexuality? This perplexing question is pursued in this book. Late-19th-century aesthetes found in the Church a language that gave them a means of artistic and sexual expression. The cast of characters that parades through this book includes Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, J.-K. Huysmans, Walter Pater, and Paul Verlaine. Art for these writers was a mystical and erotic experience. In decadent Catholicism we can glimpse the beginnings of a postmodern valorization of perversity and performativity. Catholicism offered both the hysterical symptom and the last hope for paganism amid the dullness of Victorian puritanism and bourgeois materialism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674194465
ISBN-10: 0674194462
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ellis Hanson

Ellis Hanson is Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University.

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