Through decadence to vitalism

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Lis Norup concentrates on the aesthetic expressions of decadence or decadence as style and mood in Danish literature. She discusses Jens Peter Jacobsen’s Niels Lyhne (1880) 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 Herman Bang’s Haabløse Slægter, Norup argues 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 decadence to vitalism in Johannes V. Jensen’s novel Einar Elkær (1898).

Translated title of the contributionGennem dekadence til vitalisme
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic literature of decadence
EditorsPirjo Lyytikäinen, Riikka Rossi, Viola Parente-Capková, Mirjam Hinrikus
Number of pages15
Place of publicationNew York
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9780367112387
ISBN (Electronic)9780429655425
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesAmong the Victorians and Modernists


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