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The decadent republic of letters : taste, politics, and cosmopolitan community from Baudelaire to Beardsley, Matthew Potolsky

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The decadent republic of letters : taste, politics, and cosmopolitan community from Baudelaire to Beardsley
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The decadent republic of letters
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taste, politics, and cosmopolitan community from Baudelaire to Beardsley
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Matthew Potolsky
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eng
Summary
While scholars have long associated the group of nineteenth-century French and English writers and artists known as the decadents with alienation, escapism, and withdrawal from the social and political world, Matthew Potolsky offers an alternative reading of the movement. In The Decadent Republic of Letters, he treats the decadents as fundamentally international, defined by a radically cosmopolitan ideal of literary sociability rather than an inward turn toward private aesthetics and exotic sensation. The Decadent Republic of Letters looks at the way Charles Baudelaire, Théophile Gautier, and Algernon Charles Swinburne used the language of classical republican political theory to define beauty as a form of civic virtue. The libertines, an international underground united by subversive erudition, gave decadents a model of countercultural affiliation and a vocabulary for criticizing national canon formation and the increasing state control of education. Decadent figures such as Joris-Karl Huysmans, Walter Pater, Vernon Lee, Aubrey Beardsley, and Oscar Wilde envisioned communities formed through the circulation of art. Decadents lavishly praised their counterparts from other traditions, translated and imitated their works, and imagined the possibility of new associations forged through shared tastes and texts. Defined by artistic values rather than language, geography, or ethnic identity, these groups anticipated forms of attachment that are now familiar in youth countercultures and on social networking sites. Bold and sophisticated, The Decadent Republic of Letters unearths a pervasive decadent critique of nineteenth-century notions of political community and reveals the collective effort by the major figures of the movement to find alternatives to liberalism and nationalism.--
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Potolsky, Matthew
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Haney Foundation series
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  • Decadence (Literary movement)
  • Decadence (Literary movement)
  • English literature
  • French literature
  • Literature and society
  • Literature and society
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The decadent republic of letters : taste, politics, and cosmopolitan community from Baudelaire to Beardsley, Matthew Potolsky
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [175]-224) and index
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction. "Workers of the Final Hour" Chapter 1. "Partisans Inconnus": Aesthetic Community and the Public Good in Baudelaire Chapter 2. The Politics of Appreciation: Gautier and Swinburne on Baudelaire Chapter 3. Golden Books: Pater, Huysmans, and Decadent Canonization Chapter 4. A Mirror for Teachers: Decadent Pedagogy and Public Education Chapter 5. A Republic of (Nothing but) Letters: Some Versions of Decadent Community Postscript. Public Works: Stéphane Mallarmé's "Le Tombeau de Charles Baudelaire" Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments
Control code
FIEb17548792
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9780812244496
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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  • n
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(OCoLC)785870975
Label
The decadent republic of letters : taste, politics, and cosmopolitan community from Baudelaire to Beardsley, Matthew Potolsky
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [175]-224) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction. "Workers of the Final Hour" Chapter 1. "Partisans Inconnus": Aesthetic Community and the Public Good in Baudelaire Chapter 2. The Politics of Appreciation: Gautier and Swinburne on Baudelaire Chapter 3. Golden Books: Pater, Huysmans, and Decadent Canonization Chapter 4. A Mirror for Teachers: Decadent Pedagogy and Public Education Chapter 5. A Republic of (Nothing but) Letters: Some Versions of Decadent Community Postscript. Public Works: Stéphane Mallarmé's "Le Tombeau de Charles Baudelaire" Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments
Control code
FIEb17548792
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9780812244496
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)785870975

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