Bohemian Paris: Culture, Politics, and the Boundaries of Bourgeois Life, 1830-1930

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September 1999



Exotic and somewhat dangerous, the culture of Bohemia in nineteenth-century France was seen by workaday Parisians as almost a foreign land -- one rife with passion, immorality, crime, hunger, and freedom. As a revolt against both bourgeois expectations and elitist conventions of behavior and aesthetics, Seigel suggests, bohemianism had a significant impact on the evolution of European -- and American -- society. Bohemianism established "foreignness" as part of modern urban life, providing a possibility of liberation and nonconformity within a capitalist society.


Jerrold Seigel is William J. Kenan Professor in the Department of History at New York University. He is also the author of The Private Worlds of Marcel Duchamp and Marx's Fate.


The central attraction of this study lies in its imaginative grasp of these remarkable denizens (both declared and undeclared) of bohemia. Mr. Seigel has written a cultural history that respects the complex entanglements found in both life and art, and that is no mean feat. -- Arnold Weinstein New York Times Book Review The research that went into Bohemian Paris turns up some treasures-the very stuff of history... This highly readable book probes further than any other I know into the reciprocating movements that connect and distinguish bohemia and bourgeois. -- Roger Shattuck New York Review of Books This is an enormously useful approach to a complex phenomenon... It also brings together a dazzling assortment of individuals, from such well-known figures as Baudelaire, Courbet, Zola, Manet, Verlaine, and Rimbaud to such relatively obscure figures as the writer Henry Murger and the cabaret owner Emile Goudeau. -- Jay Tolson Nation It deserves to be read... for the skill with which it explores an ever-interesting tract of cultural history. -- John Gross New York Times
EAN: 9780801860638
ISBN: 0801860636
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. Johns Hopkins P. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1999
Seitenanzahl: 464 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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