Decadent Image (Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian by Kostas Boyiopoulos

By Kostas Boyiopoulos

This publication enquires into the matter of venerating artificiality and the inaccessibility of good looks linked to it while conducting the sensuous, fast event as recommended through Walter Pater. It examines for the 1st time jointly poems by way of 3 protagonists of the Nineties: Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons and Ernest Dowson. It sees their poems as websites the place the self sensually collides with or is immersed of their artifice. this can be understood in the course of the shift from Aestheticism to Decadence, that's marked by means of a better emphasis on heterodox erotic adventure. This research examines Wilde's early poetry and its position in triggering this shift. It indicates how the assumption of an erotic come upon with artifice reaches its apex in Symons, and the way in Dowson it ripens into vexed non-encounters.

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