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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 441–472.
Published: 01 December 2021
... to a mainstream Anglophone audience: Joris-Karl Huysmans’s En Route (1895, trans. 1896) and La cathédrale (1898, trans. 1898) and Pierre Louÿs’s Aphrodite: Mœurs antiques (1896, trans. 1900 and 1906) and La femme et le pantin (1898, trans. 1908). By reading letters, memoirs, and prefaces alongside periodical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (2): 213–244.
Published: 01 June 2006
... hermitage” set apart from the banalities of modern society, Des Esseintes, the protagonist of Joris-Karl Huysmans’s paradigmatic decadent novel A rebours (1884), fulminates about two problems. “He was constantly coming across some new source of offence,” Huysmans writes, “wincing at the patriotic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (4): 345–382.
Published: 01 December 1994
... simultaneously an “enlightened” colonial policy (or neocolonialism) and a romantic (and at times anti- imperialist) sociology designed to overcome the “anomie”of Western, 24 Joris-Karl Huysmans, A rebours ( 1884; rpt. Paris: Fasquelle, ig70), 49. 25 See for instance Ian Langham, The Building...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (3): 367–389.
Published: 01 September 2008
... by the goals of Wagnerian- symbolist aesthetics, as well as by the sensory and rhetorical effusion of decadent novels he read and championed, for example, Joris-Karl Huysmans’s A Rebours (1884), famously alluded to as the seductive yel- low book in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891). In A Rebours...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (4): 505–525.
Published: 01 December 2006
... also appears). 3  Here Nietzsche anticipates such commentators on the phenomenon of deca- dence as Joris-Karl Huysmans and Max Nordau. But he also picks up on a trend evi- dent at least since Goethe’s Elective Affinities, where the “naturalness” of the English garden — generally understood...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (4): 421–444.
Published: 01 December 2018
..., of Emma Bovary’s multichapter agony, capped by her inky postmortem vomit (1857); the revolting refinement of Des Esseintes’s beef broth enema in Joris-Karl Huysmans’s Against the Grain ( À rebours , 1884); Madame de Cambremer’s Chopin-induced ecstasy, which causes her to salivate like an animal in heat...