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Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Beyond Decadence

Exposing the Narrative Irony in Jan Opolský’s Prose

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Beyond Decadence

Exposing the Narrative Irony in Jan Opolský’s Prose

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.

300 pages | 4 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory


Table of 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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