Landscapes of Decadence : Literature and Place at the Fin de Siecle Hardback
The challenges posed by Decadence to Victorian moral conventions - particularly sexual - have been well documented, but this book makes the case for understanding Decadence as a response to the ways in which place was accorded moral value in the period.
The book uses landscape as a key trope for exploring Decadent writing's approach to location and identity.
Drawing on a wide range of fin-de-siecle literature organised around a series of locations from Naples to New York, Murray argues that Decadent writers developed a form of landscape and place-based writing using a series of stylistic features to challenge the increasing homogenisation of both place and literary culture.
Decadence and the literature of the fin de siecle are re-framed as a politically-engaged form of landscape writing.
This is an ambitious and richly researched study.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 235 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 01/12/2016
- Category: Literary theory
- ISBN: 9781107169661