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    ‘The hot-house of decadent chronicle’: Michael Field and the dance of modern verse-drama

    Parejo Vadillo, Ana (2015) ‘The hot-house of decadent chronicle’: Michael Field and the dance of modern verse-drama. Women: A Cultural Review 26 (3), pp. 195-220. ISSN 0957-4042.

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    This article examines Michael Field's avant-guard poetic dramas post 1895, in particular the Roman Trilogy (The World at Auction, The Race of Leaves, and Julia Domna), to suggest they should be read for their extraordinary poetic experimentation, which precedes, prefigures and is at the heart of modernism's innovations in the genre. It argues that influenced by the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, particularly The Birth of Tragedy, Michael Field turned to Latin decadence and to contemporary German philology to re-energise the genre. The essay also suggests that the Trilogy's emphasis on dance foreshadows the impact of Ballet Russes on modern aesthetics.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Michael Field, Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy, Poetic Drama, Ballet Ruses, Pantomime, Latin Decadence, classical Greek drama, 1890, Wagner, German philology
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Ana Parejo-Vadillo
    Date Deposited: 24 May 2016 11:11
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:38


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