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Decadence a Very Short Introduction

Author : David Weir
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The history of decadent culture runs from ancient Rome to nineteenth-century Paris, Victorian London, fin de siecle Vienna, Weimar Berlin, and beyond. The decline of Rome provides the pattern for both aesthetic and social decadence, a pattern that artists and writers in the nineteenth century imitated, emulated, parodied, and otherwise manipulated for aesthetic gain. What begins as the moral condemnation of modernity in mid-nineteenth century France on the part of decadent authors such as Charles Baudelaire ends up as the perverse celebration of the pessimism that accompanies imperial decline. This delight in decline informs the rich canon of decadence that runs from Joris-Karl Huysmans's A Rebours to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Aubrey Beardsley's drawings, Gustav Klimt's paintings, and numerous other works. In this Very Short Introduction, David Weir explores the conflicting attitudes towards modernity present in decadent culture by examining the difference between aesthetic decadence--the excess of artifice--and social decadence, which involves excess in a variety of forms, whether perversely pleasurable or gratuitously cruel. Such contrariness between aesthetic and social decadence led some of its practitioners to substitute art for life and to stress the importance of taste over morality, a maneuver with far-reaching consequences, especially as decadence enters the realm of popular culture today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Decadence A Very Short Introduction

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The history of decadent culture runs from ancient Rome to nineteenth-century Paris, Victorian London, fin de siècle Vienna, Weimar Berlin, and beyond. The decline of Rome provides the pattern for both aesthetic and social decadence, a pattern that artists and writers in the nineteenth century imitated, emulated, parodied, and otherwise manipulated for aesthetic gain. What begins as the moral condemnation of modernity in mid-nineteenth century France on the part of decadent authors such as Charles Baudelaire ends up as the perverse celebration of the pessimism that accompanies imperial decline. This delight in decline informs the rich canon of decadence that runs from Joris-Karl Huysmans's À Rebours to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Aubrey Beardsley's drawings, Gustav Klimt's paintings, and numerous other works. In this Very Short Introduction, David Weir explores the conflicting attitudes towards modernity present in decadent culture by examining the difference between aesthetic decadence--the excess of artifice--and social decadence, which involves excess in a variety of forms, whether perversely pleasurable or gratuitously cruel. Such contrariness between aesthetic and social decadence led some of its practitioners to substitute art for life and to stress the importance of taste over morality, a maneuver with far-reaching consequences, especially as decadence enters the realm of popular culture today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Decadence and Literature

Author : Jane Desmarais
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Decadence and Literature explains how the concept of decadence developed since Roman times into a major cultural trope with broad explanatory power. No longer just a term of opprobrium for mannered art or immoral behaviour, decadence today describes complex cultural and social responses to modernity in all its forms. From the Roman emperor's indulgence in luxurious excess as both personal vice and political control, to the Enlightenment libertine's rational pursuit of hedonism, to the nineteenth-century dandy's simultaneous delight and distaste with modern urban life, decadence has emerged as a way of taking cultural stock of major social changes. These changes include the role of women in forms of artistic expression and social participation formerly reserved for men, as well as the increasing acceptance of LGBTQ+ relationships, a development with a direct relationship to decadence. Today, decadence seems more important than ever to an informed understanding of contemporary anxieties and uncertainties.

Dynasty

Author : Jeroen Duindam
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For thousands of years bloodlines have been held as virtually unassailable credentials for leadership, with supreme political power perceived as a family affair across the globe and throughout history. At the heart of royal dynasties, kings were inflated to superhuman proportions, yet their status came at a price: whilst they may have reigned, they were very often ruled by others who sheltered behind the ruler's proclaimed omnipotence. Descent through the female line also occurred, subverting our common view of dynasty as built on father-son succession. Everywhere, women were important as mothers of boy-kings, and could even rule in their own right in some places. In this Very Short Introduction Jeroen Duindam connects the earliest history of kings and queens to contemporary examples of family-based leadership. His sweeping overview of five millennia of dynastic rule brings to light recurring predicaments of families on the throne. Examining persistent family conflict and the dilemmas of leadership, he shows how the challenge of governing the family was balanced by the necessity of family scions, close or distant, for the survival of dynasties. Tensions between ageing fathers and eager sons can be found among ancient kings as well as in modern business empires. Guidebooks for rulers throughout history provided counsel that will appear strikingly familiar to contemporary leaders. The thoughts and confessions of rulers added a more personal touch to these rules of thumb. Throughout, Duindam sheds light not only on similarities, but also on divergence and change in dynastic practice. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Montesquieu s Considerations on the Causes of the Grandeur and Decadence of the Romans

Author : Charles de Secondat baron de Montesquieu
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Decadence in Modern Chinese Poetry

Author : Paul Manfredi
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A Brief Introduction to Musical Thought

Author : Donald Nivison Ferguson
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Innocence and Decadence

Author : Marty Bax
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Dignity and Decadence

Author : Richard Jenkyns
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The author of this book argues that although we think of the Victorian era as the age of gothic, there is also a profound classical strain which runs through it. His discussion includes the way in which cultural influences take over from and overlay each other, and how styles develop.

Political Ideologies

Author : Andrew Heywood
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A clear and accessible introduction to the political creeds and doctrines that have dominated and shaped world politics. The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated throughout and now has more on the influence of globalization on ideology and a new-look page design to aid student learning.

A short introduction to the literature of the Old Testament

Author : George Herbert Box
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From Decadent to Modernist

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Decadent London

Author : Antony Clayton
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Antony Clayton recreates the artistic and social milieu of the turbulent period around the end of the 19th century and provides concise biographical material on the central characters, such as Wilde, Symons, Beardsley, Whistler, Dowson, Frank Harris and other less well-known people such as Count Stenbock and John Gray. It was a period of immense upheaval and change in all of the arts. The author surveys the work produced, the favourite dining places, the public reaction and also the decadent life of London outside the artistic arena that co-existed at a time when the constraints and certainties of the Victorian period were crumbling. Decadence was indeed subversive.--Publisher.

The Dialectic of Decadence

Author : Donald Kuspit
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The Dialectic of Decadence examines art's dialectic between advance and decline, reason and desire, artificial wholeness and decadent disintegration.

Queen s Quarterly

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Decadence in German Fiction

Author : William Eickhorst
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The Challenges of Educational Change

Author : Daniel Linden Duke
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On a summer day in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a diary. ANNE FRANK is the indispensible visual guide to her tragic, but inspiring story. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the diary and the Secret Annex, this elegantly designed album is both a stand-alone introduction to Anne's life and a photographic companion to a classic of Holocaust literature.

Letters from Rome and Beyond

Author : Gerald O'Collins
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During more than thirty years of teaching at the Gregorian University in Rome (1974-2006) and later, Gerald O'Collins, SJ, AC, often wrote to his family and friends. This volume contains over 150 of his letters. These letters blend public news of church and state with vivid details about foreign visitors and new, Italian friends. They enter into a struggle as professor and dean of theology to update the oldest Jesuit university, a West Point of the Catholic Church which continues to train future bishops, cardinals and popes. The letters also vividly describe what O'Collins did during summer vacations-on lecturing tours that took him to every continent. A leading modern theologian, Fr O'Collins has published 76 books that he has authored or co-authored, including seventeen with Oxford University Press and four with Connor Court: A Midlife Journey (2012), On the Left Bank of the Tiber (2013), From Rome to Royal Park (2015) and Portraits (2019). As well as receiving numerous honorary doctorates and other awards, in 2006 with Nicole Kidman he was created a Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia, the highest civil honour granted through the Australian government.

The Development of Ma n as a Measure of Literary Merit in Classical Arabic Criticism

Author : Mohammad Nashmi Alenezi
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Intro

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