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The Decadent Image: The Poetry of Wilde, Symons, and Dowson

Kostas Boyiopoulos


This is the first book that exclusively attends to the Decadent poetry and poetics of the British fin de siècle. It explores culturally significant encounters between sensuality and artificiality in Decadence by examining, together for the first time, the work of three protagonists of the 1890s: Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, and Ernest Dowson. In its overarching argument the book highlights an exasperating yet productive paradox that lies at the heart of Decadent poetics. On the one hand Decadence venerates the inaccessible, representational realm of artificiality; on the other hand it relishes ... More

Keywords: decadence, decadent poetry, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Ernest Dowson, fin de siècle, aestheticism, artificiality, fetishism, sensuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748690923
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kostas Boyiopoulos, author