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By Marit Grøtta

Baudelaire's Media Aesthetics situates Charles Baudelaire in the course of 19th-century media tradition. It bargains a radical examine of the position of newspapers, images, and precinematic units in Baudelaire's writings, whereas additionally discussing the cultural heritage of those media quite often. The e-book unearths that Baudelaire used to be now not basically encouraged by way of the hot media, yet that he performed with them, utilizing them as frames of notion and methods of experiencing the realm. His writings exhibit how varied media reply to each other and the way the conventions of 1 medium will be paraphrased in one other medium. as a result, Baudelaire's Media Aesthetics argues that Baudelaire can be obvious in basic terms as an recommend of "pure poetry," yet as a poet in a media saturated surroundings. It exhibits that mediation, montage, and circulation are beneficial properties which are critical to Baudelaire's aesthetics and that his modernist aesthetics will be conceived of, to a wide measure, as a media aesthetics.

Highlighting Baudelaire's interplay with the media of his age, Baudelaire's Media Aesthetics discusses the ways that we reply to new media expertise, drawing on views from Walter Benjamin and Giorgio Agamben. Combining specific learn with modern thought, the ebook opens up new views on Baudelaire's writings, the determine of the flâneur, and modernist aesthetics.

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In “L’Horloge” (“The Clock”), the narrator sabotages the reader’s process of interpretation by a sarcastic comment on the story’s fictitiousness: “Well, madam, isn’t that a truly meritorious madrigal, as emphatic as you yourself are. ” (“N’est-ce pas, madame, que voici un madrigal vraiment méritoire, et aussi emphatique que vous-même? ”)71 In this manner, the project of drawing a moral from the curious incidents of modern life proves to be a difficult undertaking. Rather than using allegory in a conventional manner, Baudelaire seems to use the allegoric tradition ironically.

4 The coming victory of the popular and commercial press is exceptionally well symbolized by a duel that was fought between the editor Girardin and one of his critics. Three weeks after La Presse was launched, an editor from one of the conservative newspapers accused him of having reduced the noble mission of the press to vulgar commerce. 5 When Pierre Bourdieu describes how the world of literature during this period was constituted as a separate field, with its own rules and boundaries, he refers to the antagonism between poetry and journalism.

11 Given Balzac’s own financial situation, it is particularly significant that he stages a disillusioned and corrupted poet as its author. Although it is a novel, Illusions perdues provides us with a description of the relationship between literature and journalism that is typical of the period. In 1839, another attack on journalism was launched, this time in the form of an article entitled “De la littérature industrielle” (“On Industrial Literature”), written by the literary critic Sainte-Beuve.

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