Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol 10, No 2 (2008)

The Love Which Dare Not Speak its Name: An Examination of Pagan Symbolism and Morality in Fin de siecle Decadent Fiction

Kelly Anne Reid
Issued Date: 20 Apr 2009


This essay considers the Pagan symbolism which was so crucial to the decadents of the fin-de-siecle. It focuses on the novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde, the novella 'Death in Venice' by Thomas Mann and some of the iconic sketches by Aubrey Beardsley and seeks to understand the Pagan and homoerotic motifs of the genre. It draws the conclusion that the decadents saw Paganism and homosexuality as inextricable and used elements of society.

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DOI: 10.1558/pome.v10i2.130


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