Where We Start, What We Seem to Know
At the beginning of this course, what do you associate with the terms “decadence”/”decadent(s)” and “Oscar Wilde,” respectively?
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This exercise is wide open and meant to take stock of our common brain as we start the course: our initial inventory of ideas, questions, or expectations regarding the overall guiding terms at the start of our course. We’ll get back to this list later, to compare, edit, and enhance it with some of the most important things we’ve learned. Let’s get started!
- the so-called “Yellow Nineties” petradt
- cross-dressing, gender-bending–MP
- royalty/high society, Marie Antoinette, “let them eat cake”- J.S.W.
- wealth, splendour, magnificence- DF
- Overindulgence, money, wealth, excess -MG
- art for art’s sake – A.A.
- today, the adjective “decadent” is often used pejoratively, but sometimes also half-admiringly or even jealously (“three desserts–that’s so decadent!”) petradt
- gilded, shallow, ornate, awe-inspiring- DF
- Frivolous, flashy, society-MG
- absinthe, opium, dark Parisian alleyways-R.C.
- people often assume Wilde was English, but he was actually born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Paris (not London, Dublin, or Rome) was his favorite city, so he was doubly self-exiled in terms of his artistic community. How might this become significant in this course? petradt
- witty, romantic, florid, intellectual- DF
- Sharp, misunderstood, artistic, scandal -MG