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An anthology of Decadent short stories reflecting a variety of fin-de-siecle themes. It showcases the short story as the most attractive medium through which writers experiment with Decadent themes and styles. It stresses the role of the magazine culture in the unprecedented explosion of the Decadent short story in the 1890s. Editor(s): Boyiopoulos, Kostas; Choi, Yoonjoung; Tildesley, Matthew Brinton. Num Pages: 432 pages, 12 b&w illustrations. BIC Classification: DQ; FC; FYB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 157 x 235 x 26. Weight in Grams: 718. . 2015. 1st Edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780748692149

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The first anthology of Decadent short stories reflecting a variety of fin de siècle themes

This wide-ranging anthology showcases for the first time the short story as the most attractive genre for British writers who experimented with Decadent themes and styles. From familiar writers such as Ernest Dowson, Arthur Symons and Oscar Wilde to less well known writers such as Charles Ricketts, Victoria Cross and Ella D'Arcy, the 36 stories demonstrate ideas of class, gender, sexuality, and science as well as the Gothic, social satire, Symbolist fantasy, fairy tale, Naturalism/Realism, Impressionism, erotica, and the scientific romance. The selections represent the important role that magazine culture played in the unprecedented explosion of the Decadent short story in the 1890s. A full introductory essay sets the scene, while an introduction and endnotes for each story and explanatory material at the end of the book - including a chronologically arranged and annotated list of Aesthetic and Decadent stories and a select bibliography - make this anthology stand out.

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- Brings a variety of rare and important stories together in one volume reflecting an influential literary genre

- Expands the scope of Decadence by bringing together male and female voices, obscure and famous authors, and stylistic and thematic concerns such as New Woman fiction, the Gothic, Impressionism, Realism, paganism, class, homosexuality, and science

- Includes a detailed introduction, an introduction and endnotes for each story, 3 appendices containing parodies, background sources, a chronologically arranged and annotated list of Aesthetic and Decadent stories, and a select bibliography

About the Author:

Kostas Boyiopoulos is Associate Tutor at the Department of English Studies at Durham University. He is the author of the forthcoming monograph The Decadent Image: The Poetry of Wilde, Symons, and Dowson (Edinburgh UP, 2015) and co-editor (with mark Sandy) of the essay collection Decadent Romanticism (Ashgate, 2015). He has published a number of articles on a wide variety of fin-de-siècle aspects, especially on Decadent poetics. In July 2013, he co-organised an international conference on "We Speak a Different Tongue': Maverick Voices and Modernity, 1890-1939.

Dr Yoonjoung Choi is a Teaching Associate at Durham University. He has published articles on Oscar Wilde and on H. G. Wells in The Explicator, Critical Survey and The Wellsian and is writing a monograph on Romance, Readership, and Class in H. G. Wells.

Dr Matthew Brinton Tildesley is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Hanuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. He has published articles on fin de siècle topics in The Wildean, the Bulletin of the Emile Zola Society and in the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism.

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