Baudelaires Prose Poems: The Practice and Politics of Irony

Hardcover | October 28, 1999

bySonya Stephens

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The aim of this book is to offer a new reading of Baudelaire's Petits Poemes en prose which demonstrates the significance of ironic otherness for the theory and functioning of the work and for the genre of the prose poem itself. The book considers Baudelaire's choice of this genre and the wayin which he seeks to define it, both paratextually and textually. It examines the ways in which the prose poem depends on dualities and deboublements as forms of lyrical and narrative difference which, in their turn, reveal ideological otherness and declare the oppositionality of the prose poem.Finally, the book demonstrates a relationship between these forms of otherness and Baudelaire's theory of the popular comic arts and, in doing so, proposes that the prose poems should be read as literary caricature.

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The aim of this book is to offer a new reading of Baudelaire's Petits Poemes en prose which demonstrates the significance of ironic otherness for the theory and functioning of the work and for the genre of the prose poem itself. The book considers Baudelaire's choice of this genre and the wayin which he seeks to define it, both paratex...

Lecturer in French, Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1991
Format:HardcoverPublished:October 28, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198158777

ISBN - 13:9780198158776

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Table of Contents

1. Thresholds2. Lyricism and its Others3. The Politics of Form4. The Prose Poem and the Dualities of Comic ArtSelect BibliographyIndex

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`Stephens is a subtle and illuminating textual critic ... This is a tightly argued and challenging book which significantly deepens our understanding of the prose poems.'Clive Scott, Journal of European Studies,2000