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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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The introduction by the editors ("(Re)Searching for the Fantastic of the Fin de Siecle") sets the stage with the theories of the fantastic by Tzvetan Todorov, Christine Brooke-Rose, and Nancy H.
Davison's treatment of fin de siecle Gothic works intersects with the last essay in the volume, "Fin-de-siecle Gothic," which is written by two scholars who have specialized in the fin de siecle, Victoria Margree and Bryony Randall.
Among the Belgian Symbolists on the third floor down one finally enters the decadent atmosphere associated with the fin de siecle. The crucified nude woman in Felicien Rops' The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1878) still has the power to shock, but the evil genius of Belgian Symbolism was Fernand Khnopff.
Wilde's insistence on the "modernity" of set design in the first productions of Earnest was calculated to provoke a productive frission: audiences were to be jarred by the contrast between completely naturalistic (if upper class) set designs and a speech that was, in essence, smart nonsense--a hyperbolically rendered high-art, avant garde elevation of "fin de siecle talk" as the apex of modernity.
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.
In Feminist Realism at the Fin De Siecle, Molly Youngkin explores the ways in which late nineteenth-century women's magazines redefined realism according to a distinctly feminist agenda.
Rose begins with two key assertions: "Jewish women are virtually absent from most works on fin de siecle Vienna and Viennese Jewry" (p.
In The Hysteric's Revenge: French Women Writers at the Fin de Siecle, Rachel Mesch does much more than rescue these women writers from scholarly oblivion.
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?)--and the often extreme language in which it was couched.
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.
In fin de siecle France, young Florian Rochefort's noble family has fallen on hard times.
HOBERMAN IS SENIOR FILM CRITIC AT THE VILLAGE VOICE AND THE AUTHOR, MOST RECENTLY, OF THE MAGIC HOUR: FILM AT FIN DE SIECLE (TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2003).
Cette nouvelle optique des formes permettra d'etudier la poetique de l'epoque, definie par Palacio dans Pierrot fin de siecle ou les meta morphoses d'un masque (Paris: Seguier, 1990, p.
No upstanding member of fin de siecle aristocracy was seen without a footstool at his feet in clubs off Shaftsbury Avenue.