Beyond Decadence

Exposing the Narrative Irony in Jan Opolský's Prose

Peter Butler

Beyond Decadence

Peter Butler

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

300 pages | 4 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9788024625713 Published January 2016 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
Jan Opolský has primarily been viewed as an undistinguished hanger-on in the era of Czech literary decadence. Through close reading and detailed analysis of Opolský’s prose, however, Peter Butler argues that, far from his reputation as a literary lackey, Opolský is a master of sustained narrative irony and an accomplished writer in his own right. Beyond Decadence evaluates archival sources and private correspondence between Opolský and other literary figures, and includes a classified bibliography of Opolský’s work. Butler’s introduction, meanwhile, offers an overview of the Czech decadent/symbolist literary and artistic movements, placing them within a larger European perspective. Redeeming a literary artist who has been nearly forgotten in the English-speaking world, Beyond Decadence will be of particular interest to students of Slavic and European literary history.
Contents
Acknowledgements 
List of Illustrations

Introduction
1. Biography
2. Introduction to the oeuvre
3. Critical opinion on the prose oeuvre
4. Irony
5. Introduction to the readings
6. Poledne
7. Pláč Nioby
8. Rubensova Zahrada lásky
9. Čínská povídka
10. Zrada
11. Conclusion

Appendix
Classified Bibliography
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