Beyond Decadence: Exposing The Narrative Irony In Jan Opolský's Prose by Peter ButlerBeyond Decadence: Exposing The Narrative Irony In Jan Opolský's Prose by Peter Butler

Beyond Decadence: Exposing The Narrative Irony In Jan Opolský's Prose

byPeter Butler

Paperback | January 15, 2016

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Jan Opolský has primarily been viewed as an undistinguished hanger-on in the era of Czech literary decadence. Through close reading and detailed analysis of Opolský’s prose, however, Peter Butler argues that, far from his reputation as a literary lackey, Opolský is a master of sustained narrative irony and an accomplished writer in his own right. Beyond Decadence evaluates archival sources and private correspondence between Opolský and other literary figures, and includes a classified bibliography of Opolský’s work. Butler’s introduction, meanwhile, offers an overview of the Czech decadent/symbolist literary and artistic movements, placing them within a larger European perspective. Redeeming a literary artist who has been nearly forgotten in the English-speaking world, Beyond Decadence will be of particular interest to students of Slavic and European literary history.
Peter Butler teaches Eastern European history and culture at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.
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Title:Beyond Decadence: Exposing The Narrative Irony In Jan Opolský's ProseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.5 × 6.75 × 0.6 inPublished:January 15, 2016Publisher:Karolinum Press, Charles UniversityLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:8024625717

ISBN - 13:9788024625713

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 
List of Illustrations

Introduction
1. Biography
2. Introduction to the oeuvre
3. Critical opinion on the prose oeuvre
4. Irony
5. Introduction to the readings
6. Poledne
7. Plác Nioby
8. Rubensova Zahrada lásky
9. Cínská povídka
10. Zrada
11. Conclusion

Appendix
Classified Bibliography