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fin de siècle

Occurring at the end of a century, especially the 19th century (when traditional values were in a state of upheaval). This French phrase means "end of century." A work like The Importance of Being Earnest can help us to better understand fin de siècle sensibilities.
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Among the Belgian Symbolists on the third floor down one finally enters the decadent atmosphere associated with the fin de siecle.
In rich cultural histories of stereotypes at work in Wilde's world and work, Salamensky tracks and gives depth to the varied ways in which Wilde's play draws upon and amplifies images of ineffectual Jewish males, hyper-sexed Jewish females, and the spectacular hysteric in circulation at the fin de siecle.
At the same time that he works out the contours of a distinctively American fin de siecle, Horowitz shows us four "democratic meliorists of religious temperament whose complicated lives, embodying a fluid cultural moment, remain inspirational" (p.
Mikulas Teich and Roy Porter's Fin de siecle and its Legacy observes a gradual transition to the cultural and industrial onset of modernity by incorporating contributions on economic issues and technology, themes often overlooked in fin de siecle studies, which 'privileged considerations to its cultural-literary and artistic manifestations, to the relative neglect of other elements'.
By tracing a model of homage to the fin de siecle within modernism, it is possible to recognize a sense of regression at the heart of modernism, and an element of respect for an aesthetic moment in late nineteenth-century poetry that many key modernist writers felt was lost to them and they were unable to follow.
11) The very phrase fin de siecle came to embody this merriment and served as a sort of buzzword that characterized anything new or slightly risque.
At the same time, Zionism and the Fin de Siecle suffers from structural weaknesses that apparently reflect problems in the conception underlying the work.
This emerging urge to repudiate the unity of knowledge both prefigured the more radical antifoundationalism of the next fin de siecle and mirrored the nineteenth century's larger flight from universalism" (87).
Reclining attitudes are common in Sargent's art, both in portraits and in small genre pictures, and they are evocative of pervasive fin de siecle indolence.
The Derry-born singer, whose father is Brian Hannon, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Clogher, admits that his outlook on life has changed since he released his last album, Fin de Siecle.
From the sheet-wrapped Bohemiens of post-revolutionary Paris to the strategically furnished art studios of fin de siecle modernists to the boho-dancing abstract expressionists of mid-century, the art world of the past 200 years has relied rather heavily on poses.
This collection of 38 essays spans a wide variety of subjects, from painting in fin de siecle France to the impact of the post-industrial economics on the lives of British women.
This is a huge opportunity for the band to sell units of their latest album Fin De Siecle, which only picked up after the recent release of single National Express an anthem amongst anthems.
HTHE Noel Coward of the nineties Neil Hannon is back with yet another top tune from The Fin de Siecle album.
Derry-born Hannon, whose latest LP Fin De Siecle reached number nine in the charts, is quitting Setanta after eight years.