Fins de Siècle: English Poetry in 1590, 1690, 1790, 1890, 1990 (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society) by Professor Elaine Scarry
Fins de Siècle: English Poetry in 1590, 1690, 1790, 1890, 1990 (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society)
Author: Professor Elaine Scarry
Title: Fins de Siècle: English Poetry in 1590, 1690, 1790, 1890, 1990 (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society)
ISBN10: 0801849292
ISBN13: 978-0801849299
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Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1995)
Language: English
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Category: Literature & Fiction
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"These essays are about previous ends of centuries, but are also themselves fin-de-siècle instruments and achievements. They will become part of any future study of our own time."--Peter Sacks, The Johns Hopkins University.

In Les Fins de Siècle Elaine Scarry brings together an eminent group of contributors to examine a subject that increasingly occupies our thoughts as this century--and this millennium--approaches an end. Arranged chronologically, the chapters treat English poetry and culture at successive turns-of-the-century. The result is a rich picture of the ways calendar and culture affect one another. Even if we must pass through our own century's turn "unprotected," these pictures from the past provide an array of models that may prove useful: the book shows us portraits of the fin de siècle as a radical invitation to political distribution (Braudy), as a prolonged kiss (McGann), as an assassin (Vendler), and even as an Hegelian reader, "curled up in an easy chair" wishing to exempt itself from the rest of the century (de Grazia). The number of great poets who wrote at their century's end--Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare--works to deepen our attention to the poetry now emerging in the 1990s.