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

Bohemian Paris

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

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Published: 3rd September 1999
For Ages: 22+ years old
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"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

Exotic and yet familiar, rife with passion, immorality, hunger, and freedom, Bohemia was an object of both worry and fascination to workaday Parisians in the nineteenth century. No mere revolt against middle-class society, the Bohemia Seigel discovers was richer and more complex, the stage on which modern bourgeois acted out the conflicts of their social identities, testing the liberation promised by post-revolutionary society against the barriers set up to contain it. Turning life into art, Bohemia became a space where many innovative and original figures -- some famous, some obscure -- found a home.

"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

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 *

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Bohemians and Bourgeoisp. 1
The Boundaries of Bohemiap. 3
A Country Explored: Murgerp. 31
Politics, Fantasy, Identity: Bohemia in the Revolution of 1848p. 59
The Poet as Dandy and Bohemian: Baudelairep. 97
The Other Bohemia and Its Usesp. 125
Friends and Enemiesp. 150
"A Fatal Scent of Liberty": Bohemia and the Commune of 1871p. 181
Pubilc Worlds and Inner Livesp. 213
Publicity and Fantasy: The World of the Cabaretsp. 215
Compulsion and Disorganizationp. 242
Cults of the Selfp. 269
From Bohemia to the Avant-Gardep. 293
Temperament, Narcissism, and Provocationp. 295
Art and Life in Montmartrep. 336
Dissolving the Boundariesp. 366
Documentationp. 399
A Note on Histories of Bohemiap. 401
Notesp. 405
Indexp. 441
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ISBN: 9780801860638
ISBN-10: 0801860636
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 3rd September 1999
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.67