Aestheticism and Decadence
in the Age of Modernism: 1895 to 1945
17-18 April 2015
Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Nick Freeman (Loughborough University)
Michèle Mendelssohn (Mansfield College, University of Oxford)
Call For Papers
This interdisciplinary conference intends to open discussions about the meaning and significance of Aestheticism and Decadence as these movements evolved between 1895 and the mid-twentieth century. Aestheticism and Decadence were not vanquished with Wilde’s imprisonment but, rather, continued as vital and diverse forms in twentieth century aesthetics and culture. Their influence was in some cases openly acknowledged by the authors in question, but often it was oblique and obscured as many later writers, most famously the High Modernists, eschewed any admissions of such a debt.
- the continuing evolution, diversification and internationalisation of Aestheticist and Decadent ideas and forms;
- how writers, artists, critics, musicians engaged with the figures and ideas of nineteenth century Aestheticism and Decadence.
- the production of the ‘Yellow Nineties’ and the posthumous representation of Decadent and Aestheticist writers, particularly Wilde and Pater, in memoir, biography and literary criticism
We encourage proposals that address these Aestheticist and Decadent afterlives in the context of their cultural, political and social moments, and which engage with the problematics of these terms.
Subjects might include but are not limited to:
Writers who could be explored within these contexts are legion, but some notable cases include:
Please send Abstracts of 250 words with a short bionote to Dr. Kate Hext & Dr. Alex Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th of November 2014.