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Art for art's sake: Aestheticism and Decadence in Context

The course deals with aesthetic and decadent literature from the 19th century, beginning with its roots in Romanticism and following the movement through to the point at which decadence feeds into modernism. Central is the concept of ‘art for art’s sake’, with the course focusing on how this concept challenged the aesthetic and literary conventions of the 19th century, in particular the ideas of ‘realism’ and ‘naturalism’. Additionally, the course considers the ways in which the aesthetic movement related to traditional ideas about the relationship between art and reality.

Further course information will appear soon on this page. Until then, information can be found on the department website.