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Decadent Poetics explores the advanced and vexed subject of decadent literature's formal features and interrogates formerly held assumptions round the nature of decadent shape. Writers studied contain Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire and Algernon Charles Swinburne, in addition to A.E. Housman, Arthur Machen and Hubert Crackanthorpe.

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87. 20. 1 (2011), pp. 79–95; and Julia Prewitt Brown, Cosmopolitan Criticism: Oscar Wilde’s Philosophy of Art (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1997). 21. Arthur Symons, ‘A Note on George Meredith’, p. 149. Meredith appears disconcertingly often in the work of decadent writers. It is clear they saw him as an influence, yet whether it is respect or an ironic celebration is often difficult to glean. 22. Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams (Cardigan: Parthian, 2010), pp. 31–2. 23. Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘Letter CXXXVIII, 28 October 1886’, The Letters of Gerard Manley Hopkins to Robert Bridges, ed.

John R. Reed, Decadent Style (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1985), p. xiii. 3. Robert Ross, Masques and Phases (London: Arthur L. Humpheys, 1909), p. 284. 4. Ross, Masques and Phases, p. 309. 5. Havelock Ellis, Affirmations [1898] (London: Constable, 1915), p. 186. 6. W. B. Yeats, ‘Mr. Arthur Symons’ New Book’ [1897], rpt. B. Yeats, Volume IX: Early Articles and Reviews, ed. John P. Fraye and Madeline Marchaterre (New York: Scribner, 2004), p. 335. 7. Richard Le Galliene, The Romantic ’90s (London: Robin Clark, 1993), p.

This is a state of things which is not favourable to poetry or romance. ’76 While Wilde had a vested (pecuniary) interest in highlighting America’s 20 Decadent Poetics need to embrace aestheticism, the tensions between European history and decay, on the one hand, and American dynamism and innocence, on the other, were to become a commonplace in the writing of Henry James and Edith Wharton. Yet this is perhaps the value of a specifically American decadence; removed from the overarching theme of decline, decadence in America is more amenable to a stylistic study rather than the a taxonomy of transgression.

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