Paris and the Nineteenth Century (Writing the City)

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Paris in the 19th century meant Paris as the 19th century; "capital of the 19th century" in Walter Benjamin's phrase. In this book, Christopher Prendergast explores the identifications made in and about Paris - from the inspector's report and the guide book to the imaginative literature - and considers what was entailed by the competing and contradictory claims that Paris and Parisians had either acquired or lost a settled identity. "Paris and the Nineteenth Century" moves between social and cultural history, literature, painting and photography. At its heart lies a series of readings of major 19th-century texts, by Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire, Michelet, Flaubert, Zola, Valles, Laforgue and others. Prendergast concludes by sketching some perspectives which join the pre-modern Paris of the 19th century to the postmodern city of the late 20th century and presents a more general argument concerning the intellectual and political stakes in writing about the city today.

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Paris and the Nineteenth Century moves between social and cultural history, literature, painting and photography. At its heart lies a series of readings of major nineteenth century texts - by Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire, Michelet, Flaubert, Zola, Valles, Laforgue and others. In each of these texts the city becomes a matter for and problem of representation. Prendergast concludes by sketching some perspectives which join the pre-modern Paris of the nineteenth century to the postmodern city of the late twentieth century.

About the Author:

Christopher Prendergast is currently Distinguished Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School, City University of New York, and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He is the author of Balzac: Fiction and Melodrama and Paris Spectacle and editor of Nineteenth Century French Poetry.

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Prendergast, Christopher
Published by Blackwell Pub (1995)
ISBN 10: 0631157883 ISBN 13: 9780631157885
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