WHEN BEAUTY MEETS DECAY: CASES OF DANDYISM, NARCISSISM AND DEGENERATION OF BODIES IN J.K. HUYSMANS’ À REBOURS AND OSCAR WILDE’S THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

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The paper deals with two texts that were regarded as classic novels for the Decadent movement: À rebours and The Picture of Dorian Gray; the former is widely regarded as the “Bible of Decadence” which greatly influenced Oscar Wilde’s hero and led him to his downfall – “the French poisonous novel” is believed to dominate Dorian’s actions and influenced him to choose a lifestyle based on hedonism and sins. Both novels show how the protagonists relate to their own sexuality – Dorian leads an immoral life, while Des Esseintes, after having experienced numerous love affairs, is defined as lacking strength, …


THE WOMAN BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND PAGANISM IN HEINRICH MANN’S WORK

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This paper comprises examples of mythological and biblical female figures (from both the New and Old Testament) and their representations in some of Heinrich Mann’s novels at fin de siècle. Only two figures do not appear with their real name in Heinrich Mann’s work: Eve and Salomé. Still I have chosen to analyse them due to their seductive and sinful nature typical for most heroines at the end of the 19th century. The writer’s originality in depicting these female figures lies in the parody of certain myths or religious texts. Under the influence of Friedrich Nietzsche and of decadence Heinrich …