Originally Posted by faustian bargain
hm, i gotta get me one of those. the title is curious though. is it in reference to religion's stance on Nature as Fallen? (for e.g., Genesis sets up the three-part opposition of Man, God, and Nature.) or is it proposing a stance 'against nature'?
It was really proposing an aesthetic rebellion against Zola's Naturalism, which of course, has ramifications in Biblical terms of "purity" and the natural. Artifice reigns supreme, whether it be sexual or interior design. One notable scheme is when the anti-hero brings a virgin street urchin to a high-end brothel so he could develop an insatiable yearning for prostitutes, and thus would be forced to steal from society in order to sate his habit. It was des Esseintes's way of wounding society.