decadents

(redirected from decadent)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

decadents,

in literature, name loosely applied to those 19th-century, fin-de-siècle European authors who sought inspiration, both in their lives and in their writings, in aestheticism and in all the more or less morbid and macabre expressions of human emotion. In reaction to the naturalism of the European realists, the decadents espoused that art should exist for its own sake, independent of moral and social concerns. The epithet was first applied in the 1880s to a group of self-conscious and flamboyant French poets, who in 1886 published the journal Le Décadent. The decadents venerated Baudelaire and the French symbolistssymbolists,
in literature, a school originating in France toward the end of the 19th cent. in reaction to the naturalism and realism of the period. Designed to convey impressions by suggestion rather than by direct statement, symbolism found its first expression in poetry but
..... Click the link for more information.
, the group with whom they are often mistakenly identified. In England the decadent movement was represented in the 1890s by Oscar Wilde, Walter Pater, Ernest Dowson, and Aubrey Beardsley and the writers of the Yellow Book. J. K. Huysmans's À rebours (1884) and Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) present vivid fictionalized portraits of the 19th-century decadent—his restlessness, his spiritual confusion, and his moral inversion.

Bibliography

See A. E. Carter, The Idea of Decadence in French Literature (1958); M. Rheims, The Flowering of Art Nouveau (1966); J. Pierrot, The Decadent Imagination, 1880–1900 (tr. 1981).

References in periodicals archive ?
Decadent Vapours paid PS300,000 for the 6,675 sq ft property which was originally built by the Welsh Development Agency in the early 1990s and later occupied by Trojan Electronics.
From a variety of Decadent topics and stances, Puri focuses on all three of the book's subtitles: memory, sublimation and desire.
Iced Brandy Fruit Loaf Cake: A decadent twist on the traditional and classic favourite is the Iced Brandy Fruit Loaf.
In other words, Decadent literature is sampled here in terms of its theory, its origins, its poetry and prose, its interpretation/reception, and its spoofs, respectively.
Digby has also considered the entertainment aspect of the bar, negotiating a strategic partnership with Decadent Entertainment, who have been hosting popular nights including Urban Education, RetroFlect and Recession in Abu Dhabi for over four years.
In his introduction, Puri provides a brief overview of the Decadent movement in France and explains the more general concept of lowercase-"d" decadence as a "style that emphasizes the detail at the expense of the whole, thereby reflecting in art the increasing isolation of the individual within modern society" (pp.
The deal with The Decadent Group, will further enable FND to quickly expand its business into one of the fastest growing markets in the world.
FND will be able to leverage The Decadent Group's extensive corporate, hospitality and nightlife contacts and experience in Abu Dhabi and the UAE to expand its business into one of the fastest growing markets in the world.
Gothic jewels and metallic heels finish off the look, adding a decadent party finish.
Perhaps because he was excessively concerned with moving Yeats away from florid expression and towards the stark economy of language that was becoming a staple of modernism, Pound seems to have willfully ignored the decadent motifs that still informed Yeats's imagination well into his career.
Available in an assortment of flavors - Deluxe Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Lemon, Blackberry, Apricot, Peach, Pineapple, Raisin, Red Raspberry and Strawberry - the fillings can be used to create a variety of pies, tarts and cobblers for such decadent desserts as Fluffy Cherry Lemon Pie and Easy Blackberry Cobbler.
VegNews, America's premier vegetarian lifestyle magazine, has announced Purely Decadent as the 2008 Veggie Award Winner for nondairy ice cream.