Download Decadent Culture in the United States: Art and Literature by David Weir PDF

By David Weir

The paradoxes of the yankee decadent flow within the Eighteen Nineties and 1920s.

Decadent tradition within the usa strains the advance of the decadent circulation in the US from its beginnings within the Eighteen Nineties to its short revival within the Nineteen Twenties. throughout the fin de siècle, many americans felt the state had entered a interval of decline because the frontier had ended and the country’s “manifest destiny” appeared to be fulfilled. Decadence—the cultural reaction to nationwide decline and person degeneracy so widely used in nineteenth-century Europe—was therefore taken up by means of teams of artists and writers in significant American towns reminiscent of long island, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. Noting that the capitalist, advertisement context of the US supplied probabilities for the doorway of decadence into pop culture to a point that easily didn't happen in Europe, David Weir argues that American-style decadence used to be pushed via a twin impulse: clear of pop culture for ideological purposes, but towards pop culture for financial purposes. via going opposed to the grain of dominant social and cultural tendencies, American writers produced a local variation of Continental Decadence that at last dissipated “upward” into the emerging rest classification and “downward” into well known, advertisement culture.

Show description

Read or Download Decadent Culture in the United States: Art and Literature Against the American Grain, 1890-1926 (Suny Series, Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century) PDF

Similar arts books

The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution

In a groundbreaking new e-book that does for artwork what Stephen Pinker’s The Language intuition did for linguistics, Denis Dutton overturns a century of paintings concept and feedback and revolutionizes our realizing of the arts.
</I><I>The artwork intuition combines attention-grabbing and contentious disciplines—art and evolutionary science—in a provocative new paintings that might swap eternally the best way we expect concerning the arts, from portray to literature to videos to pottery. Human tastes within the arts, Dutton argues, are evolutionary characteristics, formed via Darwinian choice. they aren't, because the prior century of paintings feedback and educational concept might have it, simply “socially built. ”
Our love of attractiveness is inborn, and plenty of aesthetic tastes are shared throughout distant cultures—just one instance is the frequent choice for landscapes with water and far-off timber, just like the savannas the place we advanced. utilizing forceful good judgment and difficult facts, Dutton exhibits that we needs to premise artwork feedback on an figuring out of evolution, now not on summary “theory. ” He restores where of attractiveness, excitement, and talent as inventive values.
Sure to impress dialogue in clinical circles and uproar within the artwork global, The paintings intuition bargains radical new insights into either the character of paintings and the workings of the human brain.

The Hardware Startup: Building Your Product, Business, and Brand

Due to the reducing rate of prototyping, it's extra possible for pro makers and first-time marketers to release a startup. yet precisely how do you cross approximately it? This booklet presents the roadmap and top practices you wish for turning a product proposal right into a full-fledged company.

Zur Aktualität von Mike Davis

Mit seinem Buch „City of Quartz“ hat Mike Davis im Jahr 1990 eine in depth Recherche zu aktuellen Themen der Stadtentwicklung anhand von l. a. vorgelegt. Dabei hat er nicht nur quasi die zwei Jahre später stattfindenden Unruhen vorhergesagt, sondern eine weitergehende Theorie der post-liberalen Stadt entwickelt, die die Stadtsoziologie im hohen Maß beunruhigt hat.

Additional info for Decadent Culture in the United States: Art and Literature Against the American Grain, 1890-1926 (Suny Series, Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century)

Sample text

Mitchell, 8) Fortunately for Mitchell, a sufficiency of Americans continue to live and work in the country to keep the overall effects of the “prodigal activity” of city life in check, at least temporarily. Although Mitchell was writing well before Nordau published his theory of degeneration, his ideas made for a ready fit with that theory, especially as interpreted by Nordau’s American followers. Hazeltine, for instance, might have placed more emphasis on the problem of immorality, but he accepted that fin-de-siècle Americans were physically inferior, not only to the soldiers of the Roman legions but also to their own ancestors who had fought the War of Independence.

But as H. L. ”4 Mencken’s opinion of Saltus is that he deserves the obscurity from which others seek to rescue him: “The man . . is simply a silly and hollow trifler—a mass of puerile pretensions and affectations, vain of his unsound knowledge and full of sentimentalities. He began life by hawking the stale ribaldries of Arthur Schopenhauer, already dead twenty years; he departed to realms of bliss chattering the blowsy nonsense of theosophy” (Mencken, 278). By focusing only on the beginning and end points of Saltus’s career, Mencken does the author the disservice of ignoring his early success as the author of novels satirizing New York society, such as Mr.

Weir Mitchell (they were cousins), who prescribed a cure at a cattle ranch in Wyoming. ”31 The Western experience does not work out so well for this latter-day neurasthenic, but Wyoming made all the difference for Wister. Going from Wagner to Wyoming in so short a time is a cultural volte-face of dizzying dimensions, and, while being a Wagnerite does not, by itself, certify Wister as “decadent,” that particular cultural marker, along with his physical weakness and “Harvard indifference,” at least put the man on a widely recognized, downward-tending cultural path.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.42 of 5 – based on 19 votes