Beyond Decadence: Exposing the Narrative Irony in Jan Opolsk?'s Prose
Peter Butler (Author)
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Jan Opolsky has primarily been viewed as an undistinguished hanger-on in the era of Czech literary decadence. Through close reading and detailed analysis of Opolsky's prose, however, Peter Butler argues that, far from his reputation as a literary lackey, Opolsky is a master of sustained narrative irony and an accomplished writer in his own right. Beyond Decadence evaluates archival sources and private correspondence between Opolsky and other literary figures, and includes a classified bibliography of Opolsky'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.
About the Author
Peter Butler teaches Eastern European history and culture at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.
- Contributor: Peter Butler
- Imprint: Karolinum,Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy,Czech Republic
- ISBN13: 9788024625713
- Number of Pages: 300
- Packaged Dimensions: 169x235x15mm
- Packaged Weight: 430
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Karolinum,Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy,Czech Republic
- Release Date: 2016-01-26
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Peter Butler teaches Eastern European history and culture at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.
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