fin de siecle


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fin de siècle

(fɛ̃ də sjɛklə)
n
(Historical Terms) the end of the 19th century, when traditional social, moral, and artistic values were in transition
adj
1. (Historical Terms) of or relating to the close of a century, esp the 19th century
2. decadent, esp in artistic tastes

fin de siècle

A French phrase meaning end of the century, used to describe anything typical, especially in being decadent, of the period around the end of a century, especially the 19th.
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Adj.1.fin de siecle - relating to or characteristic of the end of a century (especially the end of the 19th century); "fin de siecle art"
French - the Romance language spoken in France and in countries colonized by France
finished - ended or brought to an end; "are you finished?"; "gave me the finished manuscript"
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The Fantastic of the Fin de Siecle is a collection of fifteen essays (and thus somewhat larger than the usual Cambridge Scholars book), with an introduction by the editors.
Focusing successively on the Bazar de la Charite fire of May 1897, the staging of Cyrano de Bergerac at the end of that year, the cult of Napoleon in theater and literature at the fin de siecle, theatrical representations of Joan of Arc, and finally the scandal of the Ullmo spy case of 1907-1908, Datta tells of the emergence of a new concept of heroism, infused with more sensitive values, a sense of intimacy and even banality, and in most cases a sense, too, of sexual ambiguity.
Now the Royal Museums are hoping to build on that success with the unveiling of a second stage in the redeployment of their collections= the launch of a dedicated fin de siecle museum on the four basement floors formerly occupied by the Museum of Modern Art.
This, in itself, is quite a feat--and one that makes her study valuable to a number of audiences: those interested in dramaturgical questions arising from plays that seem at once "period pieces" and distinctly modern; those interested in fin de siecle drama and its complex cultural contexts; and those interested, first and foremost, in Wilde: his life, his work, his numerous and dizzying incarnations in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century culture.
In fin de siecle Shanghai, Violet Minturn grows up in the most exclusive courtesan house.
Moral Fire: Musical Portraits from America's Fin de Siecle.
According to family lore (and documents deposited at the Ossolineum), Norwid's manuscripts were saved by Leopold Wellisz, a Pole studying banking and economics abroad during the fin de siecle.
Vienna is Different": Jewish Writers in Austria from the Fin de Siecle to the Present.
The golden yellow embroidered lace gown worn by Emily Blunt was from his Spring/ Summer 2012 collection, while the twinkling fin de siecle number encrusted with pearls and quartz worn by Jessica Biel came from his Autumn/Winter range.
specializing in Jewish life in fin de siecle France; at the same time, she was organizing "consciousness raising" feminist discussion groups geared toward increasing women's participation in Jewish life.
Considering works by Henry James, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sarah Grand and George Paston, the author explores topics such as advances in the "mental science," gender, modernism ,and identity in the Fin de Siecle.
Youngkin does an excellent job of surveying discussions of these narrative techniques in the works of eight fin de siecle authors: Thomas Hardy, Sarah Grand, George Gissing, Mona Caird, George Meredith, Menie Dowie, George Moore, and Henrietta Stannard.