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Description - Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s by Emma Sutton

Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s is an interdisciplinary study of the influence of the operas, writing, and personality of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) on the work of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). Examining Beardsley's drawings and prose of the 1890s the study considers the ways in which Wagner's works were appropriated by this seminal figure of the British decadent movement. Despite recent critical interest in Beardsley and the 'fin-de-siecle', and considerable research on Wagnerism, Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagernism in the 1890s is the first study in English to consider at length Wagner's presence in Beardsley's work. Beardsley combined allusions to the German composer with many of the touchstones of decadent art - the exotic, the morbid, the erotic, and the mannered. In exploring Beardsley's often iconoclastic versions - or perversions - of Wagner's work Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagernism in the 1890s aims to investigate the role of Wagnerism with 'fin-de-siecle' British culture, in particular the relations between Wagnerism and contemporary decadence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198187325
ISBN-10: 0198187327
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 145mm x 18mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Emma Sutton

Emma Sutton works at the English Department in the University of Edinburgh