Through decadence to vitalism

Bidragets oversatte titel: Gennem dekadence til vitalisme

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”Through Decadence to Vitalism” concentrates on the aesthetic expressions of decadence or decadence as style and mood in Danish literature. The paper discusses Jacobsen’s Niels Lyhne as a prime case of the style of decadence undermining the naturalist novel from within, and Jacobsen’s influence on a younger generation writer, Johannes Jørgensen. Considering the decadent features of Bang’s Haabløse Slægter, it is argued that its decadence mainly lies in the presentation of the ambiguity of gender and sexuality, whereas stylistically Bang’s novel lacks the detailed expressivity of aesthetic decadence. The chapter concludes by analyzing the ambivalent shift from core decadence to vitalism in Johannes V. Jensen’s novel Einar Elkær (1898). The new hero seeks a way through degeneration to regeneration, but finally both decadence and vitalism prove to be impasses.
Bidragets oversatte titelGennem dekadence til vitalisme
TitelNordic literature of decadence
RedaktørerPirjo Lyytikäinen, Riikka Rossi, Viola Parente-Capková, Mirjam Hinrikus
Antal sider15
UdgivelsesstedNew York
ISBN (Trykt)9780367112387
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780429655425
StatusUdgivet - 2020
NavnAmong the Victorians and Modernists


  • Decadence
  • vitalisme
  • J.P. Jacobsen
  • Johannes Jørgensen
  • Herman Bang
  • Johannes V. Jensen
  • dekadence som stil og livsholdning


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