Beginning at the end argues that both groups european decadents and postcolonial artists maintained commitments to artifice while fostering oppositional politics it asks that we recognize what aestheticism has contributed to politically engaged postcolonial literature. Get this from a library beginning at the end decadence modernism and postcolonial poetry robert stilling in 1857 charles baudelaire described the colonial condition as one in which a nation begins with decadence and starts off where the others leave off a century later frantz fanon would argue that . During the struggle for decolonization frantz fanon argued that artists who mimicked european aestheticism were beginning at the end skipping the inventive phase of youth for a decadence thought more typical of europes declining empires robert stilling takes up fanons assertion to argue that decadence became a key idea in postcolonial thought describing both the failures of . Decadence and the archive in derek mahons the yellow book conclusion dandies at the gate publishers summary robert stilling shows how aestheticisms decadence became a key idea in postcolonial thought describing the failures of revolutionary nationalism and asserting cosmopolitanism in poetry and art. A dazzling confluence of fin de sicle aesthetics and postcolonial thought robert volpicelli modernism modernity one of the joys of beginning at the end is its provision of fresh and surprising perspectives on canonical figures of literary decadence by embedding their writing in the material contexts of colonialism and postcolonial criticism
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