Baudelaire: At the Limits and Beyond

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University of Delaware Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 182 pages
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This book is an attempt to define the coherence that is characteristic of Baudelaire's texts. Does Baudelaire exist? No, the question is not whether he lived more than a century ago, but rather do his works persuade us to believe in the existence of a unified center that inspires and sanctions those forms, passions, and concepts that we consistently call Baudelairean. An affirmative answer does not deny the value of other critical views but promotes the ambition to let the texts that are being considered exert more control over the outcome of the interpretive venture. This is in contrast to the tendency, which has become more evident in the last two or three decades, to appropriate Baudelaire's works and convert him to various ideologically driven beliefs.
 

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Contents

Baudelaire and the Unity of the Self
34
The Mnemonic Text Le Mauvais vitrier and Mademoiselle Bistouri
51
The Realignment of the Love Lyric
64
Une Mort héroïque Martyrdom and Tradition
77
Andromache and Baudelairean Exile in Le Cygne
90
Le Voyage The Dimension of Myth
105
Allegory and Correspondences
116
The Dynamics of Transmutation
132
Notes
147
References
164
Index
175
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