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Modernist 'Homage' to the 'Fin de siècle'

Marion Thain
The Yearbook of English Studies
Vol. 37, No. 1, From Decadent to Modernist: And Other Essays (2007), pp. 22-40
DOI: 10.2307/20479276
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20479276
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

Whether critics believe the myth of discontinuity or whether they offer an opposing narrative of continuity and progressive development from the "fin de siècle" into modernism, both models tend to be based on an assumption of the supremacy of the modernist aesthetic. To understand more fully the turn-of-the-century period we need to find new, more nuanced and complex models that allow us to think outside of this entrenched and limiting construct. One such is offered in this article in the form of "homage:" a recognition that within high modernism there are gestures of tribute to the "fin de siècle" that acknowledge an aspect of aesthetic regression within modernism.

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