The history of decadent culture RUNS FROM ANCIENT ROME TO NINETEENTH FROM ANCIENT ROME TO NINETEENTH ancient Rome to nineteenth Paris Victorian London fin de si cle Vienna Weimar Berlin and beyond The decline of Rome provides the pattern for both aesthetic and social decadence a pattern that artists and writers in the nineteenth century imitated emulated parodied and otherwise manipulated for aesthetic gain What begins as the moral condemnation of modernity in mid nineteenth century France on the part of decadent authors such as Charles Baudelaire ends up as

the perverse celebration 
perverse celebration the pessimism that accompanies imperial decline.

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This delight in decline informs the rich canon of decadence that runs from Joris Karl Huysmans s Rebours to Oscar Wilde s The Picture of Dorian Gray Aubrey Beardsley s drawings Gustav Klimt s paintings and numerous other works In this Very Short Introduction Aubrey Beardsley s drawings Gustav Klimt s paintings and numerous other works In this Very Short Introduction Weir explores the conflicting ATTITUDES TOWARDS MODERNITY PRESENT IN DECADENT CULTURE BY EXAMINING towards modernity present in decadent culture by examining difference between aesthetic decadence the excess of artifice and social decadence which involves excess in a variety of forms whether perversely pleasurable or gratuitously cruel Such contrariness between aesthetic and.