Landscapes of Decadence : Literature and Place at the Fin de Siecle, Hardback Book

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
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  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9781107169661



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