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social decadencelocked

  • David Weir

Abstract

Decadence in Great Britain takes form in the late nineteenth century as both a reflection of and reaction to the urban plan of its capital city. London decadence has this in common with Parisian decadence, but with several significant differences, such as the British preference for neo-Gothic architecture and the contrasting allocation of urban space to variations in social class. The work of John Ruskin affirms the neo-Gothic aesthetic, while that of Walter Pater emerges as a decadent rejection of it. Later, the work of George Moore, Arthur Symons, Oscar Wilde, and Ernest Dowson certified London decadence as a culture antagonistic to bourgeois tastes and manners.

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