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Towards a Global Ecology of the Fin de Siècle

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This article situates the Fin de siècle and literary Decadence – usually treated as a forerunner of European or Transatlantic literary modernism – in a global context, drawing on research in other fields, such as economics, demography and climatology. Beginning with an historical definition of Decadence as when the individuation of parts led to the disintegration of the whole, it locates the socialist-aesthetes, feminists and ecologists in a global context of drought and famine; critiques Western notions of Progress from the reorientations of our contemporary political economy; and maps some recent research in world literatures and cultures that begins to redress the insular perspective.

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