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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Abstract

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.

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