Where did the decadent novel go?

We’re sort of skipping over Decadence in our class (if you blinked you might have missed my reference to it the other day when we were discussing Baudelaire and Aestheticism), but in case you’re interested in learning more about it, The Guardian just published this piece, which laments the “dreary naturalism” of most present-day novelists and longs for some of the “arch, satirical” wit of Decadent writers like Wilde and Huysmans.

(I once saw two professors nearly come to blows over the distinction between Aestheticism and Decadence, so I won’t even try to parse the difference here.)

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