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Decadent Ecology in British Literature and Art, 1860–1910
Decay, Desire, and the Pagan Revival

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Publication planned for: December 2021
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2021
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108845977

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  • Casting fresh light on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British art, literature, ecological science and paganism, Decadent Ecology reveals the pervasive influence of decadence and paganism on modern understandings of nature and the environment, queer and feminist politics, national identities, and changing social hierarchies. Combining scholarship in the environmental humanities with aesthetic and literary theory, this interdisciplinary study digs into works by Simeon Solomon, Algernon Swinburne, Walter Pater, Robert Louis Stevenson, Vernon Lee, Michael Field, Arthur Machen and others to address trans-temporal, trans-species intimacy; the vagabondage of place; the erotics of decomposition; occult ecology; decadent feminism; and neo-paganism. Decadent Ecology reveals the mutually influential relationship of art and science during the formulation of modern ecological, environmental, evolutionary and trans-national discourses, while also highlighting the dissident dynamism of new and recuperative pagan spiritualities - primarily Celtic, Nordic-Germanic, Greco-Roman and Egyptian - in the framing of personal, social and national identities.

    • Foregrounds the dynamic eco-spirituality of decadence in British literature, art and science, demonstrating the unique inter-connections among science, culture, nature and the spiritual
    • Engages the sexual, queer and ecological politics of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and art and affirms the rich history of interest in diverse modes of desire among people, species and ecological communities
    • Demonstrates the crucial importance of less recognized authors, nationalities and spiritualities in Britain and Ireland to the rich network of creative and scholarly individuals engaging with paganism, nature and trans-national histories
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    • Publication planned for: December 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108845977
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2021
  • Table of Contents

    1. Decadent Ecology and the Pagan Revival
    2. 'Up & down & horribly natural': Walter Pater and the Decadent Anthropocene
    3. The Lick of Love: Trans-Species Intimacy in Simeon Solomon and Michael Field
    4. The Genius Loci as Spirited Vagabond in Robert Louis Stevenson and Vernon Lee
    5. Occult Ecology and the Decadent Feminism of Moina Mathers and Florence Farr
    6. Sinking Feeling: Intimate Decomposition in William Sharp, Arthur Machen, and George Egerton.

  • Author

    Dennis Denisoff, University of Tulsa
    Dennis Denisoff is McFarlin Professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Tulsa. His awards and recognitions include the President's Award from both the Nineteenth Century Studies Association and the North American Victorian Studies Association. A past Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar at Ryerson University, in 2022 he is a Visiting Distinguished Researcher at Queen Mary, University of London.

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