Text, Image, and the Problem with Perfection in Nineteenth-Century France

Utopia and Its Afterlives


Author: Daniel Sipe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317045696

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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In the decades after the French Revolution, philosophers, artists, and social scientists set out to chart and build a way to a new world and their speculative blueprints circulated like banknotes in a parallel economy of ideas. Examining representations of ideal societies in nineteenth-century French culture, Daniel Sipe argues that the dream-image of the literary or art-historical utopia does not disappear but rather is profoundly altered by its proximity to the social utopianism of the day. Sipe focuses on this persistent afterlife in utopias ranging from François-René de Chateaubriand’s Amerindian utopia in Atala (1801) to the utopian spoof of J.J. Grandville’s illustrated novel Un autre monde (1844). He proposes a new reading of Etienne Cabet’s seminal utopian novel, Voyage en Icarie (1840) and offers an original perspective on the gendered utopias of technological inspiration that authors such as Charles Barbara and Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam penned in the second half of the century. In addition, Sipe considers utopias or important readings of the century’s rampant utopianism in, among others, Victor Hugo, Alfred de Vigny, Théophile Gautier, Charles Baudelaire, and Gustave Courbet. His book provides the historical context for comprehending the significance and implications of this enigmatic afterlife in nineteenth-century utopian art and literature.

Dream, Creativity, and Madness in Nineteenth-Century France


Author: Tony James

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 9780191583872

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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This is an important new analysis of the problematic relationship between dreams and madness as perceived by nineteenth-century French writers, thinkers, and doctors. Those wishing to know the nature of madness, wrote Voltaire, should observe their dreams. The relationship between the dream-state and madness is a key theme of nineteenth-century European, and specifically French, thought. The meaning of dreams and associated phenomena such as somnambulism, ecstasy, and hallucinations (including those induced by hashish) preoccupied writers, philosophers, and psychiatrists. In this path-breaking cross-disciplinary study, Tony James shows how doctors (such as Esquirol, Lélut, and Janet), thinkers (including Maine de Biran and Taine), and writers (for example, Balzac, Nerval, Baudelaire, Victor Hugo, and Rimbaud) grappled in very different ways with the problems raised by the so-called 'phenomena of sleep'. Were historical figures such as Socrates or Pascal in fact mad? Might dream be a source of creativity, rather than a merely subsidiary, 'automatic' function? What of lucid dreaming? By exploring these questions, Dreams, Madness, and Creativity in Nineteenth-Century France makes good a considerable gap in the history of pre-Freudian psychology and sheds new and fascinating light on the central French writers of the period.

Peripheries of Nineteenth-century French Studies

Views from the Edge


Author: Timothy Bell Raser

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874137651

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 322

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The French nineteenth century came to its full fruition only recently, herald and instigator as it was of some of the most important developments of the twentieth century. This volume offers a wide-ranging selection of scholarly approaches to the works of the French nineteenth century, articles that show how pertinent the texts of that moment are to an understanding of our own modernity.



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A New History of French Literature


Author: Denis Hollier

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674615663

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1158

View: 4832

An introduction to the history of French literature, covering from 842 to 1990.

The Literary Gazette

A Weekly Journal of Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts


Author: William Jerdan,William Ring Workman,Frederick Arnold,John Morley,Charles Wycliffe Goodwin

Publisher: N.A



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Governing Post-War Britain

The Paradoxes of Progress, 1951-1973


Author: Glen O'Hara

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230361277

Category: History

Page: 309

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Glen O'Hara draws a compelling picture of Second World War Britain by investigating relations between people and government: the electorate's rising expectations and demands for universally-available social services, the increasing complexity of the new solutions to these needs, and mounting frustration with both among both governors and governed.

Introduction to The Philosophy of History

With Selections from The Philosophy of Right


Author: G. W. F. Hegel,Leo Rauch

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9780872200562

Category: Philosophy

Page: 123

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"An elegant and intelligent translation. The text provides a perfect solution to the problem of how to introduce students to Hegel in a survey course in the history of Western philosophy." -- Graham Parkes, University of Hawaii

The Mysteries of the Cities

Urban Crime Fiction in the Nineteenth Century


Author: Stephen Knight

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786488441

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 1966

A popular crime genre in the nineteenth century, urban mysteries have largely been ignored ever since. This historical and critical text examines the origins of the innovative genre, which grappled with the rise of enormous, anonymous cities, beginning in France in 1842, then spreading rapidly across the continent and to America and Australia. Writers covered include Eugène Sue, George Reynolds, Paul Féval, George Lippard, “Ned Buntline” and Donald Cameron.

City Gorged with Dreams

Surrealism and Documentary Photography in Interwar Paris


Author: Ian Walker

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719062155

Category: Art

Page: 228

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This book offers the first detailed analysis of how the Surrealists utilized the tactics of documentary and how Surrealist ideas in turn influenced the development of documentary photography. The last two decades have seen the re-emergence of Surrealist photography, but with an emphasis on work made in the studio or the darkroom. This, however, is a study of what Louis Aragon called 'surrealist realism': the exploration of a real-life surreality encountered on the streets of the city. This book throws new light on Surrealism, emphasizing its connections with the everyday life of the city.