Le Luxe et l'horreur. Sur quelques objets précieux de la littérature fin de siècle

Due to sociological and æsthetical factors, the description of precious bibelots and trifles becomes a recurrent motif in decadent and symbolist novels.


Object Loss, Fetishism and Creativity in Octave Mirbeau

In a recent article Donald Moss attributes the impulse to do creative work to a response to perceived loss.

Ziegler, Robert

Interpretation as Mirage in Rachilde's `Le Château hermétique'

Critical debate over Rachilde's stance toward feminism has caused attempts to label the gendered aspects of her work. Yet, frequently, the writer's use of confusing gender symbols is a game of bait and switch that deludes and tricks interpreters.

Ziegler, Robert

The Spectacle of Self: Decadent Æsthetics in Jean Lorrain

Like many characters in "fin-de-siècle" fiction, the heroes of Jean Lorrain are torn between their physical exhaustion and appetite for new stimulation and experience.

Ziegler, Robert E

Of Pride and the Fall: The Allegorical À rebours

Joris-Karl Huysmans's À rebours may appear to be a flimsy descriptive tale about an isolated æsthete, designed simply to highlight the author's own bizarre æsthetic tastes or to provide a naturalistic portrait of the aesthete ty

Loomis, Jeffrey B

Hunting the Peacock: The Pursuit of Non-reflective Experience in Mirbeau's Le Jardin des supplices

The "fin-de-siècle" theme of the division of the self between actor and spectator is best expressed in Mirbeau's Le Jardin des supplices (1899) through the image of the peacock, which is both a bird and a sign of beauty.

Ziegler, Robert E.

The Decadent Side of Æstheticism: Heredia's Antony and Cleopatra Triptych

Heredia's sonnets are generally presented as medallions, prime illustrations of static Parnassian art; the article considers three of them as illustrations of dynamic structure, formal and verbal.

Fischler, Alexander
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