Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s: The Imperfect Wagnerites

Hardcover | September 1, 2002

byEmma Sutton

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Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s is an interdisciplinary study of the influence of the operas, writing, and personality of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) on the work of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). Examining Beardsley's drawings and prose of the 1890s the study considers theways in which Wagner's works were appropriated by this seminal figure of the British decadent movement. Despite recent critical interest in Beardsley and the 'fin-de-siecle', and considerable research on Wagnerism, Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagernism in the 1890s is the first study in English toconsider at length Wagner's presence in Beardsley's work. Beardsley combined allusions to the German composer with many of the touchstones of decadent art - the exotic, the morbid, the erotic, and the mannered. In exploring Beardsley's often iconoclastic versions - or perversions - of Wagner's workAubrey Beardsley and British Wagernism in the 1890s aims to investigate the role of Wagnerism with 'fin-de-siecle' British culture, in particular the relations between Wagnerism and contemporary decadence.

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Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s is an interdisciplinary study of the influence of the operas, writing, and personality of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) on the work of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). Examining Beardsley's drawings and prose of the 1890s the study considers theways in which Wagner's works were appropriated...

Emma Sutton works at the English Department in the University of Edinburgh

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198187327

ISBN - 13:9780198187325

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Wagnerism in Britain in the 1890s1. Decadents and Wagnerites: Beardsley and Wilde2. The pathology of pleasure: decadent sensibility and affective art3. Wagnerites en masse: the audience as spectacle4. Commercialism and consumerism: Wagnerism in The Savoy5. Antiquarianism and national identity: Under the Hill6. Concluding the cycle: Das RheingoldEpilogue: framing the decadeSelect bibliographyIndex

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`The text offers an original critique of interpretations of ifin de siecle aestheticism, a wealth of information for students from a variety of disciplines alike to pursue their own interests, and an overdue reassessment of Beardsley's work as thoroughly engaged in the addressing of theissues of the 1890's.'Australasian Victorian Studies Journal