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Title: George Moore: Innovation and Decadence in the Victorian Fin de Siecle
Author: Perala, Tiffany
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis discusses the Anglo-Irish author George Moore (18521933); in particular, I am concerned with his innovative use of Decadence in the Victorian fin de siecle and I argue that Moore was a precursor of the movement. I focus on Moore's early Decadent work, including his first autobiography, Confessions ofa Young Man (1888), and two of his experimental Decadent novels, A Mere Accident (1887) and Mike Fletcher 1889). Though neglected, I dein6nsfrate how and why a recuperation of George Moore's writings can better our understanding of Decadence in the Victorian fin de siecle. Chapter 1 establishes Moore as an author whose works adhere to the tradition of influence and originality. I discuss Walter Pater's (1839-1894) particular influence on Moore in terms of how Moore appropriated his aesthetic philosophies and m6'd'ern'ised Pater's findings in a new and creative use of language. I also address Moore's French forebears and his transmutation of French ideas of Decadence. Chapter 2 grounds the notion of Decadence in theoretical terms and definitions, providing examples of various author's interpretations of the movement during the period, (1873-1895), and in retrospect. I introduce the idea that Moore was self-consciously aware of the homosexual struggle for a positive identity and show how he narrated it; specifically, this chapter argues that Moore's originality is linked to what I term his 'regenerative style'. Chapters 3 and 4 expand the discourse on sexual identities and discuss the critical reception and neglect of his early work. Moore's artistic genesis is presented and I argue that his impressions informed his artistic temperament
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Qualification Name: University of Nottingham, 2008 Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.489693  DOI: Not available
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