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Chapter 6 - Sinking Feeling

Intimate Decomposition in William Sharp, Arthur Machen, and George Egerton

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 December 2021

Dennis Denisoff
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University of Tulsa
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The discussion of occult feminism in Chapter 5 shifts the foundations of Decadent Ecology to a reality beyond the veil. The last chapter of this study returns to the turf from which it began with my ruminations on Holywell Cemetery. Chapter 6 examines works by George Egerton, Arthur Machen, and William Sharp, each of whom introduces a different form of paganism to their earthy decadent ecologies. The authors find in paganism scalar distortions and other forms of eco-excess that problematize distinctions between the spiritual, secular, and scientific. At the same time, while all are, today, recognized as part of the urbane, fin-de-siècle culture of Wilde and Beardsley, each, in fact, turns to the local and the rural as the site of their decadent intimacies. We hear in their often conflicted renderings of the pagan landscape voices for sexual, eco-spiritual, and regionalist politics.

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Decadent Ecology in British Literature and Art, 1860–1910
Decay, Desire, and the Pagan Revival
, pp. 174 - 218
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Sinking Feeling
  • Dennis Denisoff, University of Tulsa
  • Book: Decadent Ecology in British Literature and Art, 1860–1910
  • Online publication: 09 December 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108991599.007
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  • Dennis Denisoff, University of Tulsa
  • Book: Decadent Ecology in British Literature and Art, 1860–1910
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108991599.007
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  • Sinking Feeling
  • Dennis Denisoff, University of Tulsa
  • Book: Decadent Ecology in British Literature and Art, 1860–1910
  • Online publication: 09 December 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108991599.007
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