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But late-nineteenth-century realism also frequently separated itself from mass politics even as it identified itself with social liberation. The realist estrangement was not in the name of the invisible truths of the symbolists but in blunt refusal of democratic judgment and insight. ”1 And Shaw, Ibsen’s most eager expositor, put the claim still more harshly: “If ‘Man’ means this majority, then ‘Man’ has made no progress; he has, on the contrary, resisted it. … The majority of men at present in Europe have no business to be alive; and no serious progress will be made until we address ourselves earnestly and scientifically to the task of producing trustworthy human material for society.

THE SYMBOLIST AVANT-GARDE: DREAM AND DEPORTMENT After such stirrings as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in Britain and the impressionists in France, the historically defining event was the appearance of Symbolism in the 1880s. This is when the more radical artistic techniques and the new publishing initiatives assumed a shape that would appear around the world in countless iterations. ” The manifestos of Jean Moréas in the mid-1880s, Verlaine’s edition of contemporaries in Les Poètes maudits, and the publication of Joris-Karl Huysmans’s À Rebours—these sharply different texts forced the perception of a growing, indeterminate cultural eruption.

First, the artists saw themselves as belonging to movements, to larger-than-individual pursuits guided by articulated principles. Naturalism was not merely a collection of works by Zola and the Goncourt brothers, Edmond and Jules, but a mode of aesthetic practice that could be summarized in essays, prefaces, and epigrams and embraced by others. So, too, with Symbolism, which was identified through certain resonant poems by Moréas, Verlaine, and, above all, Mallarmé, but which also offered memorable utterances that could be accepted as a code of ongoing practice.

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