British Writers and Paris: 1830-1875 by Elisabeth JayBritish Writers and Paris: 1830-1875 by Elisabeth Jay

British Writers and Paris: 1830-1875

byElisabeth Jay

Hardcover | March 19, 2016

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"A wicked and detestable place, though wonderfully attractive": Charles Dickens's conflicted feelings about Paris typify the fascination and repulsion with which a host of mid-nineteenth-century British writers viewed their nearest foreign capital. Variously perceived as the showcase forsophisticated, cosmopolitan talent, the home of revolution, a stronghold of Roman Catholicism, and a shrine to irreligious hedonism, Paris was also a city where writers were respected and journalism flourished. This historically-grounded account of the ways in which Paris touched the careers andwork of both major and minor Victorian writers considers both their actual experiences of an urban environment, distinctively different from anything Britain offered, and the extent to which this became absorbed and expressed within the Victorian imaginary. Casting a wide literary net, the first part of this book explores these writers' reaction to the swiftly changing politics and topography of Paris, before considering the nature of their social interactions with the Parisians, through networks provided by institutions such as the British Embassy andthe salons. The second part of the book examines the significance of Paris for mid-nineteenth-century Anglophone journalists, paying particular attention to the ways in which the young Thackeray's exposure to Parisian print culture shaped him as both writer and artist. The final part focuses onfictional representations of Paris, revealing the frequency with which they relied upon previous literary sources, and how the surprisingly narrow palette of subgenres, structures and characters they employed contributed to the characteristic, and sometimes contradictory, prejudices of aswiftly-growing British readership.
Elisabeth Jay was born in London and educated at Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth and St. Anne's College, Oxford. She has lived and worked mainly in Oxford, with the occasional period researching and/or teaching, in the USA and France. Her research publications have pursued two, occasionally intersecting, major pathways: work on a numb...
Title:British Writers and Paris: 1830-1875Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:March 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199655243

ISBN - 13:9780199655243


Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Finding one's bearings in mid-nineteenth-century Paris1. Regime change on the streets of Paris2. British eyewitness accounts of regime change3. Regime change as viewed from English shores4. Topographical5. Sensational Paris6. Socialising in Paris7. The SalonsPart Two: Anglophone journalism in Paris8. Press conditions9. Who were 'the Paris correspondents'?10. The working life of the Paris correspondent11. Thackeray's debt to the print world of ParisPart Three: The fictional formatting of Paris12. The democratisation of British fiction13. The democratisation of British fiction14. Stereotype and prejudiceBibliography