Course Code: SDE03C21
Start Date: 16/08/2021Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 1
Beginning with the French poet Baudelaire, decadence grew out of the notion of ‘art for art’s sake’. It was a reaction to the moral earnestness of much Victorian culture, and Arthur Symons noted in 1893 the emergence of ‘a new and beautiful and interesting disease’. We will look at the work of J.-K. Huysmans, Aubrey Beardsley, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Dowson, and ‘Michael Field’. Set text: Huysmans, Against Nature (Penguin).