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Aesthetic Time, Decadent Archives

Aesthetic Time, Decadent Archives

Goldsmiths, University of London

18-19 July 2019

Keynote speaker: Joseph Bristow (UCLA), 鈥楧ecadent Historicism鈥

Conference review by Eleanor Keane (PDF)


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Aestheticism and Decadence are fundamentally preoccupied with time and archives, with medievalism, apocalypticism, fallen Classical civilizations, as well as with collections and connoisseurship. Aesthetes turn to the past as a locus of utopian renewal, and Decadents experience their historical moment in terms of exhaustion and decline. The Decadent literary tradition has come to be associated with a queer vision of temporality, an anti-progressive sensibility that rejects teleology and futurity, and scholarship on Aestheticism and Decadence has cast into question Modernist notions of literary history that stress novelty and rupture. Yet, even as Aesthetes and Decadents see themselves as living in a fin-du-monde/fin-du-globe moment, they are deeply preoccupied with history and with collecting and documenting. Indeed, Decadent literature often resembles archives or takes on a catalogue-like form. J.-K. Huymans鈥檚 novel 脌 rebours, for example, functions as an extensive catalogue of outr茅 tastes and serves as both inspiration and reference resource for subsequent Decadent authors. The 鈥榖ibliophilic dandyism鈥 of Des Esseintes, as Octave Uzanne described it, was a metaphor for a relentless egoism that finds satisfaction only in the archive. In addition, scholars of Aestheticism and Decadence studies have for many years been deeply engaged with archival work, with the disinterring of hidden histories and figures, and the construction of digital archives that allow for a new vision of literary history.

This two-day conference, co-organized by the 新澳开奖 (新澳开奖) and the Aestheticism and Decadence Network, will explore the 鈥榓rchival turn鈥 in Aestheticism and Decadence studies and investigate Aestheticist notions of history, temporality, and periodization. Our aim is to extend discussion of the Aestheticist and Decadent archive beyond the bounds of the fin de si猫cle, to foreground a long history of Aestheticism and Decadence that looks back to their roots in the ancient world and ahead to their continuing presence in Modernism, neo-Victorianism, Steampunk and other twentieth and twenty-first century literature and art.



Location

Goldsmiths is located in New Cross, South East London.

It is a short walk from both New Cross Gate and New Cross stations (Zone 2) on the main rail network and London overground; about a 7 minute journey from London Bridge and 30 minutes from London Victoria. It is on bus routes 21, 36, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 225, 321, 343, 436, 453.

The conference will be held in the Professor Stuart Hall Building. Registration will be in the Weston Atrium, the Keynote in LG02, and panels will be in LG02, 314 and 326.

For exact directions to Goldsmiths please see the  page on the Goldsmiths website.


Where to Stay

Accommodation is available in for a special rate of 拢38.70 per person per night. Please use the promotional code ATDA19 when booking to apply the discount.

There are also a number of hotels, B&Bs, and hostels convenient to Goldsmiths and New Cross at a range of prices:

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Conference Organizers

Alice Cond茅 (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Jane Desmarais (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Jessica Gossling (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Kirsten MacLeod (Newcastle University)

Kristin Mahoney (Michigan State University)