The Dedalus Book of English Decadence:Vile Emperors and Elegant Degenerates Dedalus
New Orleans?s reputation as a decadent city stems in part from its environmental precariousness, its Francophilia, its Afro-Caribbean connections, its Catholicism, and its litany of alleged ?vices,? encompassing prostitution, miscegenation, homosexuality, and any number of the seven deadly sins. An evocative work of cultural criticism, Robert Azzarello?s Three Hundred Years of Decadence argues that decadence can convey a more nuanced meaning than simple decay or decline conceived in physical, social, or moral terms. Instead, within New Orleans literature, decadence possesses a complex, even paradoxical relationship with concepts like beauty and health, progress, and technological advance. Azzarello presents the concept of decadence, along with its perception and the uneasy social relations that result, as a suggestive avenue for decoding the long, shifting story of New Orleans and its position in the transatlantic world. By analyzing literary works that span from the late seventeenth century to contemporary speculations about the city?s future, Azzarello uncovers how decadence often names a transfiguration of values, in which ideas about supposed good and bad cannot maintain their stability and end up morphing into one another. These evolving representations of a decadent New Orleans, which Azzarello traces with attention to both details of local history and insights from critical theory, reveal the extent to which the city functions as a contact zone for peoples and cultures from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Drawing on a deep and understudied archive of New Orleans literature, Azzarello considers texts from multiple genres (fiction, poetry, drama, song, and travel writing), including many written in languages other than English. His analysis includes such works of transcription and translation as George Washington Cable?s ?Creole Slave Songs? and Mary Haas?s Tunica Texts, which he places in dialogue with canonical and recent works about the city, as well as with neglected texts like Ludwig von Reizenstein?s German-language serial The Mysteries of New Orleans and Charles Chesnutt?s novel Paul Marchand, F.M.C. With its careful analysis and focused scope, Three Hundred Years of Decadence uncovers the immense significance?historically, politically, and aesthetically?that literary imaginings of a decadent New Orleans hold for understanding the city?s position as a multicultural, transatlantic contact zone.
Please note: This is a review and analysis of Brazillionaires, not the original book. This review and analysis is not endorsed by or affiliated with the original author. When we think of Brazil, we think of beautiful beaches and beautiful people. It is a tapestry of people from different backgrounds all just having fun. However, this is far from the whole truth of what is going on Brazil. Despite Brazil being part of the BRIC nations, those with the most potential for growth in the global economy, Brazil is considered economically backwards in many ways. You get an idea of this when you look deeper into its politics and economic policies. In this edition of Summary Shorts, we will analyze and summarize the ideas put forth in Brazillionaires, a book that truly exposes the dark side of Brazil´s rise and arguably its inexorable fall. Enjoy! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doron Alon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098438/bk_acx0_098438_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this brilliantly original book, Camille Paglia identifies some of the major patterns that have endured in western culture from ancient Egypt and Greece to the present. According to Paglia, one source of continuity is paganism, which, undefeated by Judeo-Christianity, continues to flourish in art, eroticism, astrology, and pop culture. Others, she says, are androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive western eye, which has created our art and cinema. Paglia follows these and other themes, from Nefertiti and the Venus of Willendorf to Apollo and Dionysus, from Botticelli and Michaelangelo to Shakespeare and Blake and finally to Emily Dickinson, who, along with other major 19th-century authors, becomes a remarkable example of Romanticism turned into Decadence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Durante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008724/bk_tant_008724_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
La historia del Caballero Des Grieux y de Manon Lescaut es el titulo completo de la novela que escribio en el siglo XVIII Antoine-Francois Prevost, llamado el abate Prevost, por que habia asumido ordenes menores. La obra, a pesar de que el autor quiso mostrarlo como libro moralizante causo gran escandalo en sus tiempos, en el siglo XVIII cuando fue publicada, ya que ese retrato descarnado de una mujer que unicamente vive para el placer y el lujo no tenia antecedentes literarios.This novel, although the author wanted it to be a moralizing book, caused a great scandal when it was published in the eighteenth century due to it´s lurid portrait of a woman who only lives for pleasure and luxury, a concept which didn´t have any literary antecedents at the time. 1. Spanish. Santiago Munevar. http://samples.audible.de/bk/yoyo/000121/bk_yoyo_000121_sample.mp3.
The history of decadent culture runs from ancient Rome to 19th-century Paris, Victorian London, fin de siecle Vienna, Weimar Berlin, and beyond. The decline of Rome provides the pattern for both aesthetic and social decadence, a pattern that artists and writers in the 19th century imitated, emulated, parodied, and otherwise manipulated for aesthetic gain. What begins as the moral condemnation of modernity in mid-19th century France on the part of decadent authors such as Charles Baudelaire ends up as the perverse celebration of the pessimism that accompanies imperial decline. This delight in decline informs the rich canon of decadence that runs from Joris-Karl Huysmans´s À Rebours to Oscar Wilde´s The Picture of Dorian Gray.In Decadence, David Weir explores the conflicting attitudes towards modernity present in decadent culture by examining the difference between aesthetic decadence - the excess of artifice - and social decadence, which involves excess in a variety of forms, whether perversely pleasurable or gratuitously cruel. Such contrariness between aesthetic and social decadence led some of its practitioners to substitute art for life and to stress the importance of taste over morality, a maneuver with far-reaching consequences. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Halstead. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012361/bk_tant_012361_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kayne Roberts. Kayne Rivers. Kayne Stevens. No matter his name, one fact remains the same. He´s the man who enslaved me, ensnared me, claimed me and ruined me.... For all other men that is. My life. My love My happiness. All belong to him. I belong to no one but him. He owns me. And I own him. Ruined is a 29,000 word novella and is the completion of Kayne and Ellie´s story. It contains intense sexual situations and a Master/slave relationship. Listener discretion is advised. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Crowley, Muffy Newtown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031950/bk_adbl_031950_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tell me a secret.... CJ Carmichael hasn´t been able to get the vivacious blonde he spent four delirious days with off his mind. The blonde who was completely off-limits, but he couldn´t deny. Tell me a secret.... CJ had no intention of pursuing her, but Tara Stevens knew what she wanted and it was him. Now six months later, their time together still haunts him. As much as he´s tried to talk himself out of seeing her again, the craving is just too powerful. Tell me a secret.... Tara is more than willing to spend an entire fantasy weekend with CJ. More than willing to hand herself over to him completely and fulfill his every desire. More than willing to pretend he owns her despite their age difference and Kayne´s disapproval. Tell me a secret.... Sometimes fantasy becomes a reality. Sometimes people fall in love before they even know it - before they even know each other - and after it´s too late. Tell me a secret.... Sometimes, beneath the sweetest secrets are the most deceptive lies. Lie with Me is a dark erotic romance and can be heard as a standalone novel. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, mild abuse and some violence. Listener discretion is advised. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Crowley, Muffy Newtown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031951/bk_adbl_031951_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I´ve never been a failure. I don´t allow myself to make mistakes. I´ve lived my life to painstaking perfection. Until now. I can´t seem to get anything right. And when you work for the FBI, mistakes can cost lives. Busting BDSM club Decadence for drug trafficking is my chance to prove myself. And no pushy Dominant is going to throw me off my game, not even sinfully sexy club owner Derek Carter. I have to keep him close in order to uncover his secrets, but keeping him close to my body while guarding my heart is proving more difficult than I ever imagined. He might just be my biggest mistake yet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scarlett Day, Jason Winters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/inbl/000148/bk_inbl_000148_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence - gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by ´´Dead Bolt´´, a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam. A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with ´´model´´ Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox´s past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend - and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Young. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031055/bk_acx0_031055_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.