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Reframing Decadence: C. P. Cavafy's Imaginary Portraits

Peter Jeffreys


During his sojourn in England during the 1870s, a young C. P. Cavafy found himself enthralled by the aesthetic movement of cosmopolitan London. It was during these years that he encountered the canvases and personalities of Pre-Raphaelite painters, including Edward Burne-Jones and James McNeill Whistler, as well as works of aesthetic writers who were effecting a revolution in British literary culture and channeling influences from France that would gradually coalesce into an international decadent movement. This book returns to this critical period of Cavafy's life, showing the poet's creative ... More

Keywords: decadent movement, C. P. Cavafy, literary culture, avant-garde, poetry, aestheticism, literary decadence, Walter Pater, kitsch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801447082
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801447082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Jeffreys, author
Suffolk University