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    Merde and diamonds: Alfred Jarry’s les minutes de sable mémorial and César-Antechrist

    Fell, Jill (2009) Merde and diamonds: Alfred Jarry’s les minutes de sable mémorial and César-Antechrist. In: O’Mahony, C.I.R. (ed.) Symbolist Objects: Materiality and Subjectivity at the Fin-de-Siècle. High Wycombe, UK: Rivendale Press. ISBN 9781904201151.

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    Book synopsis: This interdisciplinary volume explores the intersections between Symbolist aesthetics and material objects and interiors. Fourteen international scholars examine these debates from the overlapping perspectives of the disciplines of literary studies, the history of art, design and visual culture and aesthetic philosophy. Five thematic sections apply a spectrum of approaches to visual and literary case studies from fin-de-siècle Europe. The book opens with analyses of the interiority articulated through the domestic environments of Comte Robert de Montesquiou and Oscar Wilde. The second section juxtaposes four engagements with the artful page and the ‘book beautiful’ devised by Stéphane Mallarmé, John Gray, William Morris and Alfred Jarry. The third cluster of essays considers art works and spaces by Fernand Khnopff, Puvis de Chavannes and René Binet which took on talismanic status at the fin de siècle. By contrast the interventions in the fourth section explore the gendered tensions between preciousness and consumer culture in the writings of Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Joséphin Péladan and Georges Rodenbach, and both Rachilde’s evocations of, and René Lalique’s designs for, jewellery. The collection concludes with meditations on the legacies of Symbolist aesthetics within the work of Robert Motherwell and contemporary installation art. This anthology should be of special interest to fin-de-siècle scholars, whilst accessible to a more general readership.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 12:55
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:35


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