Venita Datta's lively and readable study starts from the relatively straightforward premise that fin-de-siecle
France "needed national heroes who could unify in their persons both the idea of an eternal nation and that of a modern republic" (n).
According to Horowitz, she was alternately empowered and enslaved: "In limbo between fin-de-siecle
stirrings and the NeW Woman come, hers was a notable but surrogate life" (p.
These experiments in modernity, with their dislocated stories, can be tied to the general fin-de-siecle
zeitgeist, in which ideas of science, nation, and God have cast doubt on the ego.
The work of these artists demonstrates that English Pre-Raphaelitism was one of the most powerful single influences on fin-de-siecle
The perplexing issue of acquittals in the fin-de-siecle
assize court was nothing less than the failure of the state system of justice to displace a popular system of justice.
Even onstage in singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik's new Broadway musical, Spring Awakening, which is based on a fin-de-siecle
play about sexual coming of age, the kids are fully in command of their sexuality.
Richard Wetzell's analysis of "Penal Reform in Fin-de-Siecle
Germany," Robert Norton's examination of "Stefan George and Androgyny," and David Lindenfeld's survey of the antimodern thought of Jung and Heidegger enhances an eclectic but informative and fascinating composite of social and cultural ideas, movements, and applications.
1) See John Cerullo, "The Intellectuals and the Imagination of Heroism during the Dreyfus Affair," Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 25 (Fall 1997): 185-195; Venita Datta, Birth of a National Icon: The Literary Avant-Garde and the Origins of the Intellectual in France (Albany: SUNY, 1999); Mary Louise Roberts, Disruptive Acts: The New Woman in Fin-de-Siecle
France (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002); Willa Z.
The collection of essays entitled The New Woman in Fact and in Fiction: Fin-de-Siecle
Feminisms, edited by Angelique Richardson and Chris Willis, offers a useful overview of the movements that comprised the New Woman in England.
Mark Micale, certainly one of the best and most insightful writers on this period of the development of these fields in science, has now produced a truly valuable volume on the way that the arts and sciences of the fin-de-siecle
Montmartre's art and poetry were very much products of the tensions that marked the times, making it necessary first to situate the community within its fin-de-siecle
, Parisian context.
He ensconced himself in the rarefied world of fin-de-siecle
Parisian society, and then watched up close and in horror as his aristocratic friends fled the guillotine.
If you want to go down into the cellar of her fin-de-siecle
house, just follow the voices.
Femme Fatale: Fashion and Visual Culture in Fin-de-Siecle
Paris" at the Museum at FIT remains on view through the end of the month.
Maybe his true project is to create a new fin-de-siecle
expressionism for disaffected American youth.