Baudelaire and the Second Republic: Writing and Revolution by Richard D. E. Burton

Baudelaire and the Second Republic: Writing and Revolution

byRichard D. E. Burton

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Baudelaire and the Second Republic is the first fully comprehensive study of Baudelaire's actions, reactions, and writings from the Revolution of February 1848 to the Bonapartist coup d'etat of December 1851. The picture of Baudelaire that emerges from the biographical, textual and contextualmaterials discussed, is of a consistent radical republican. He is shown to have been close in his views first to Blanqui and then, after the failure of the insurrection of June 1848, to Proudhon and to the democ-soc party that constituted the main resistance to Bonapartism during what remained ofthe Second Republic. Baudelaire was close to the popular political culture of mid-nineteenth-century France and drew upon a reservoir of popular themes and images - notably the image of wine - in expressing his commitment to the cause of radical republicanism. A book which traces in detail thelinks between literary texts and socio-political contexts, this will appeal both to students of Baudelaire and of mid-1800s French politics and society.

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Richard D. E. Burton is at University of Sussex.

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Title:Baudelaire and the Second Republic: Writing and RevolutionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:396 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198154690

ISBN - 13:9780198154693

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'Richard Burton;s fine new book on Baudelaire offers us intellectual history of a high order, based upon close textual reading, careful synthesis of the most recent political and literary scholarship and serious and unusual attention to milieu. Burton marshals an impressive array ofcontemporary political and cultural resources ... the book must be read in future for any scholar or graduate student seeking a mature and careful understanding of the political consciousness of French literary life in the nineteenth century.'Janine Hartman, University of Cincinnati, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Volume 21, Numbers 3 and 4, Spring-Summer 1993