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Paris and the Nineteenth Century Christopher Prendergast

Paris and the Nineteenth Century

Christopher Prendergast

Published February 27th 1995
ISBN : 9780631196945
Paperback
283 pages
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Paris has long been the archetypal literary city. This identification reached its peak in the nineteenth century when Paris could reasonably fulfill Walter Benjamins claimn for it: that it was the capital of the nineteenth century. In thisMoreParis has long been the archetypal literary city. This identification reached its peak in the nineteenth century when Paris could reasonably fulfill Walter Benjamins 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.