By Charles Bernheimer,T. Jefferson Kline,Naomi Schor

ISBN-10: 0801867401

ISBN-13: 9780801867408

Charles Bernheimer defined decadence as a "stimulant that bends inspiration off form, deforming conventional conceptual molds." during this posthumously released paintings, Bernheimer succeeds in creating a serious notion out of this perennially stylish, hardly understood term.

Decadent Subjects is a coherent and relocating photograph of fin de siècle decadence. Mature, ironic, iconoclastic, and considerate, this impressive choice of essays exhibits the contradictions of the phenomenon, that's either a situation and a mind set. In trying to express why humans have did not supply a passable account of the time period decadence, Bernheimer argues that we regularly mistakenly take decadence to symbolize whatever concrete, that we see as a few type of agent. His salutary reaction is to come back to these authors and artists whose paintings constitutes the topos of decadence, rereading key past due nineteenth-century authors comparable to Nietzsche, Zola, Hardy, Wilde, Moreau, and Freud to rediscover the very dynamics of the decadent. via cautious research of the literature, paintings, and song of the fin de siècle together with a riveting dialogue of the numerous faces of Salome, Bernheimer leaves us with a desirable and multidimensional examine decadence, all of the extra very important as we emerge from our personal fin de siècle.

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