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The Resource Asymptote : an approach to decadent fiction, Robert Ziegler

Asymptote : an approach to decadent fiction, Robert Ziegler

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Asymptote : an approach to decadent fiction
Title
Asymptote
Title remainder
an approach to decadent fiction
Statement of responsibility
Robert Ziegler
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Asymptote: An Approach to Decadent Fiction offers a radically new approach to the psychology of Decadent creation. Rejecting traditional arguments that Decadence is a celebration of deviance and exhaustion, this study presents the fin-de-siecle novel as a transformative process, a quest for health. By allowing the writer to project into fiction unwanted traits and destructive tendencies - by permitting the playful invention of provisional identities -decadent creation itself becomes a dynamic act of creative regeneration. In describing the interrelationship of Decadent authors and their fictions, Asymptote uses the mathematical figure of the asymptote to show how they converge, then split apart, and grow distant. The author's approach to the facsimile selves he plays with and discards is the curve that never merges with his authorial identity. In successive chapters, this study describes the Decadents' experimentation with perversion (Huysmans's A rebours and Mendes's Zo'har), and their subsequent validation of social regulation and creative discipline. It examines magic and its appeal to fantasies of elitism and omnipotence (Peladan's Le Vice supreme and Villiers's Axel ), then shows authors embracing the values of community and service. It considers the Decadent text as a vehicle of change in which an artist ventilates fantasies of aggression and revenge (Mirbeau's Le Journal d'une femme de chambre and Rachilde's La Marquise de Sade) then employs writing as the means by which these feelings are discharged. It examines creation as a form of play, "une alienation grace a laquelle l'esprit se recupere sous la forme des autres" (Schwob's Vies imaginaires and Lorrain's Histoires de masques), yet notes the Decadents' decision to return to a single generative center. Finally, it examines creation as an expression of artistic transience and failure, yet shows the Decadents' success in commemorating the very forces of disintegration (Rodenbach's L'Art en exil). In considering the Decadents' insistence on subjectivism and aloneness, this study concludes (Gourmont's Sixtine) by showing their wish to escape the prison of identity and to redefine their art as cooperative creation."--BOOK JACKET
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YDXCP
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1947-
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Ziegler, Robert
Dewey number
809.39353
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ295.D4
LC item number
Z55 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Faux titre
Series volume
338
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Decadence (Literary movement)
Label
Asymptote : an approach to decadent fiction, Robert Ziegler
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [253]-259) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
455846016
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9789042027015
Isbn Type
(E-bk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)455846016
Label
Asymptote : an approach to decadent fiction, Robert Ziegler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [253]-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
455846016
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9789042027015
Isbn Type
(E-bk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)455846016

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