Rural Gwent and Fin-de-Siecle London in the Work of Arthur Machen

Authors

VALENTOVÁ Eva

Year of publication 2014
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description This presentation focused on the way Arthur Machen was affected by the contrast between the region he grew up in, rural Gwent, and the imperial capital, where he had to struggle to make his living. The profound difference between these two places inevitably affected Machen's perception of London and thus also his depiction of this city in his work. The contrast between his perception of the wonderful countryside of Wales and the fin-de-siecle Arthur Machen was born in the beautiful countryside of Gwent in Wales, which he considered the greatest piece of fortune in his life. He loved his solitary wanderings in the lonely hills of his homeland and hated the fact that he had to leave them behind and go to London in search for work. This presentation focused on the way Machen was affected by the contrast between the region he grew up in, rural Gwent, and the imperial capital, where he had to struggle to make his living. The profound difference between these two places inevitably affected Machen's perception of London and thus also his depiction of this city in his work. The contrast between his perception of the wonderful countryside of Wales and the fin-de-siecle atmosphere of London was illustrated with the help of Machen's semi-autobiographical novel The Hill of Dreams.
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