Monstres nés du rêve et esprit de décadence: sur une formule shakespearienne relue (La Tempête, IV, 1, 156–158)

  • Évanghélia Stead
  • Australian Journal of French Studies, July 2018, Liverpool University Press
  • DOI: 10.3828/ajfs.2018.15

Fin-de-siècle readings based on a quote from Shakespeare's Tempest

What is it about?

Fin-de-siècle monstrosity is based in close readings and intertextuality. The article shows the impact and interpretation of the same shakespearian quote in John Davidson's Earl Lavender (1895), Giovanni Papini's “L’ultima visita del Gentiluomo Malato” (1906) and Hanns Heinz Ewers “C.3.3.” (1904), the latter featuring a little-known portrait of Oscar Wilde and involving his ”Ballad of Reading Gaol” and texts by Coleridge and Edgar Allan Poe.

Why is it important?

The article shows why an intertextual and comparative approach is fundamental in appreciating and evaluating fin-de-siècle sophisticated culture, an important contribution to modernity.


Evanghelia Stead
Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin (UVSQ, Paris-Saclay) et Institut Universitaire de France

Writing this article was a great pleasure as it allowed me to expand on the conclusions of a book published in 2004 (Geneva, Droz) and a PhD defended back in 1993. While many people think fin-de-siècle culture is only naughty and second-grade, I hope that readers discover through this approach its richness and imaginative strength.

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