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Petit Glossaire Pour Servir A L'Intelligence Des Auteurs Decadents Et Symbolistes

Petit Glossaire Pour Servir A L'Intelligence Des Auteurs Decadents Et Symbolistes (Paperback)

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This glossary, published in 1888, is the only work of its kind produced by Decadent and Symbolist writers themselves, and is full of `definitions' as mystifying as the words they claim to define. It offers both a scholarly and a humorous examination of linguistic innovation and succeeds in showing how literary language remains subtler and more alive than any of the instruments designed to explain it.

A parody of a glossary as much as a glossary proper, and produced as a response to critical accusations of obscurity and preciosity, it assembles an extraordinary array of evocative, hermetic, and often bizarre examples of Symbolist and Decadent writing, including luminaries such as Mallarme, Rimbaud, Laforgue and Verlaine as well as such writers as Feneon, Moreas and Rene Ghil.

This is a volume in the series Textes litteraires/Exeter French Texts. The text, introduction and essential notes are all in French.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary theory Publisher: University of Exeter Press Publication Date: 01/08/1998 ISBN-13: 9780859895941  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Patrick McGuinness is Fellow and Tutor in French at Jesus College, Oxford.

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