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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.
She states that contemporary authors are not only acutely aware of their literary history, but that they also explicitly reference the works of the fin de siecle and interwar years, using them as models for "style and tone, approach to social criticism, political engagement, even views of Jewishness and Austrianness" (271).
Despite this caveat, Youngkin has added much to our understanding of how the feminist press transformed expectations for and shaped the production of the fin de siecle novel.
Rose begins with two key assertions: "Jewish women are virtually absent from most works on fin de siecle Vienna and Viennese Jewry" (p.
On the one hand, during the decades spanning the fin de siecle and the Belle Epoque, a record number of female-authored novels was published in France.
We are only too familiar with many modernists' rejection of fin de siecle literature (or was it of the writers and the lifestyle they were deemed to embody?
Unsurprisingly, the first song to really get the audience excited was Generation Sex from Fin de Siecle, the album which brought us National Express, and later Something for the Weekend.
The deligitimation and crisis of Europe in the current fin de siecle are due, according to Glissant, to "la multiplicite des temps et des histoires qui ont surgi du fond du monde et qui se rejoignent enfin" (106) ["the multiplicity of times and histories that have emerged from the bottom of the world and that finally gather"] to challenge the traditional image that Europe has perpetuated of itself as a historical and philosophical absolute, and to undermine its universalizing rhetoric of identity.
No upstanding member of fin de siecle aristocracy was seen without a footstool at his feet in clubs off Shaftsbury Avenue.
It is important to point out that the expression fin de siecle represents far more than a simple temporal designation.
What is most interesting about Billy and Stagolee is that their lives serve to illuminate the subculture, institutions, and values of struggling fin de siecle African American communities in cities like St.
Female Criminality in Fin de Siecle Paris (Stanford, 1996).
Zionism and the Fin de Siecle represents a further contribution to this revisionist literature, in the biographical direction, influenced by what its author calls "our post-ideological age.