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Decadence and Catholicism

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$42.50 • £34.95 • €38.50

ISBN 9780674194465

Publication Date: 02/01/1998


448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 halftones


  • List of Illustrations*
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Dialectic of Shame and Grace
    • Perfect Wagnerites
    • Christianity as Paradis Artificiel
    • Verlaine’s Amour
    • In Praise of Shame
  • 2. Huysmans Mystérique
    • Unconscious Unction
    • Conversion Hysteria
    • Christianity by the Back Door
    • Refined Thebaids
  • 3. Pater Dolorosa
    • Pater Noster
    • Renaissance and Resurrection
    • Virgin Marius
    • Monkish Miracles
  • 4. The Temptation of Saint Oscar
    • Christ for Christ’s Sake
    • Ritualism and Dandyism
    • Seduction and the Scarlet Woman
    • The Confessional Unmasked
  • 5. Priests and Acolytes
    • Fragrant Prayers
    • Father Silverpoints
    • Pio Corvo
    • Saint Oscar Redivivus
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Index
  • * Illustrations
    • The Wagnerites, by Aubrey Beardsley
    • The Ascension of Saint Rose of Lima, from Aubrey Beardsley’s Under the Hill (1895)
    • Engraving of Charcot at the Salpêtrière
    • Drawing of Saint Philip, from Charcot and Richer’s Les Démoniaques dans l’Art (1887)
    • The Crucifixion (1512–1516), by Matthias Grünewald (detail)
    • Salomé Dancing before Herod (1876), by Gustave Moreau
    • “Height of Fashion” (1866), from Punch
    • “Selling Off!” (1851), from Punch
    • John and Salomé, by Aubrey Beardsley, from Oscar Wilde’s Salomé (1892)
    • “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (1877), from Punch

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