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Containing the Decadent Text: Decadent Readers, Reading Decadence

Towheed, Shafquat (2006). Containing the Decadent Text: Decadent Readers, Reading Decadence. In: Fox, Paul ed. Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature. Studies in English Literatures (2). Stuttgart, Germany: Ibidem Verlag, pp. 1–31.

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In re-reading representative texts by Huysmans, Lee, Pater and Wilde, in this essay I will aim to demonstrate that the history of Decadent writing is inseparable from a concept of decadent reading, and specifically, from a socially constructed, aesthetically self-conscious, and fictionally mediated practice of reading: a practice of reading that offers a possible epistemology of Decadence.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 3-89821-573-3, 978-3-89821-573-2
Keywords: Decadence; history and practice of reading; re-reading; critical theory; J.K. Huysmans; Oscar Wilde; Walter Pater; Vernon Lee; intertextuality.
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > English
Item ID: 8833
Depositing User: Shafquat Towheed
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:05
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