The Weird Fin-De-Siècle and After

  • James Machin
Part of the Palgrave Gothic book series (PAGO)


Machin explores the wider literary field of the period and identifies the emergence of the ‘high phase’ of weird fiction, before focusing on two critical frames in order to understand this emergence: the development of the short story and the literary Decadence of the fin de siècle. He also introduces some of the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu, specifically the application of Bourdieu’s notions of distinction to fields of cultural production, which serves throughout the project as a theoretical tool used to approach issues relating to high and low art, literariness, and canonicity. Finally, Machin considers the notion of an Edwardian weird, looking at some relevant texts by Walter de la Mare, Oliver Onions, and others.

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  • James Machin
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  1. 1.Royal College of ArtLondonUK

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