Paris has long been the archetypal literary city. This identification reached its peak in the nineteenth century when Paris could reasonably fulfill Walter Benjamin's claimn for it: that it was the 'capital of the nineteenth century'. In this expansive and entertaining book Christopher Prendergast explores the way writers and others have identified with Paris and been identified with it. He moves between social and cultural history, literature, painting and photography and presents an exemplary series of readings (of Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire, Michelet, Flaubert, Zola, Valles, Laforgue). Throughout Paris is both the city represented and the very problem of representation.
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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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Book Description Wiley-Blackwell, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110631196943