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The Resource Beginning at the end : decadence, modernism, and postcolonial poetry, Robert Stilling

Beginning at the end : decadence, modernism, and postcolonial poetry, Robert Stilling

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Beginning at the end : decadence, modernism, and postcolonial poetry
Title
Beginning at the end
Title remainder
decadence, modernism, and postcolonial poetry
Statement of responsibility
Robert Stilling
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 1857, Charles Baudelaire described the colonial condition as one in which "a nation begins with decadence and starts off where the others leave off." A century later, Frantz Fanon would argue that postcolonial artists were "beginning at the end," following the West's "path of negation and decadence" while skipping the inventive phase of youth. In Beginning at the End, Robert Stilling argues that for writers and artists such as Chinua Achebe, Agha Shahid Ali, Derek Walcott, Wole Soyinka, Yinka Shonibare, Bernardine Evaristo, and Derek Mahon, the notion of being caught between the decadence of Europe and the unformed possibilities of postcolonial cultures marks the founding condition for a postcolonial poetics. For these figures, the idea of decadence would haunt their attempts to carve out a place for the arts in postcolonial society, forcing them to negotiate between their own sense of the demands of art and the pressure to conform to a revolutionary politics. In reimagining the role of poetry and the visual arts in the formation of national cultures, these artists turned toward the oppositional politics and anti-realist aesthetics of writers such as Oscar Wilde to affirm a commitment to artifice and the imagination while fending off the charge of decadence associated with modernism and the idea of art for art's sake. Taking a transnational approach, Beginning at the End expands the study of literary decadence beyond fin-de-siècle Europe, and demonstrates the continuing importance to postcolonial thought of figures such as Oscar Wilde, Henry James, J.-K. Huysmans, Walter Pater, and Max Beerbohm.--
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1977-
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Stilling, Robert
Dewey number
809/.911
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.D45
LC item number
S75 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Decadence (Literary movement)
  • Postcolonialism and the arts
  • Postcolonialism in literature
  • Decadence (Literary movement)
  • Postcolonialism and the arts
  • Postcolonialism in literature
  • Developing countries
Label
Beginning at the end : decadence, modernism, and postcolonial poetry, Robert Stilling
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Contents
Introduction: Decadence and decolonization -- Agha Shahid Ali, Oscar Wilde, and the politics of form for form's sake -- Decadence and the visual arts in Derek Walcott's West Indies -- Decadence and antirealism in the art of Yinka Shonibare -- Bernardine Evaristo's silver age poetics -- Decadence and the archive in Derek Mahon's The yellow Book -- Conclusion: Dandies at the gate
Control code
1006472021
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
384 pages
Isbn
9780674984431
Lccn
2017047224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028178169
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1006472021
Label
Beginning at the end : decadence, modernism, and postcolonial poetry, Robert Stilling
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Contents
Introduction: Decadence and decolonization -- Agha Shahid Ali, Oscar Wilde, and the politics of form for form's sake -- Decadence and the visual arts in Derek Walcott's West Indies -- Decadence and antirealism in the art of Yinka Shonibare -- Bernardine Evaristo's silver age poetics -- Decadence and the archive in Derek Mahon's The yellow Book -- Conclusion: Dandies at the gate
Control code
1006472021
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
384 pages
Isbn
9780674984431
Lccn
2017047224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028178169
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1006472021

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