Description - Bohemian Paris by Jerrold Seigel
Exotic and somewhat dangerous, the culture of Bohemia in 19th-century France was seen by workaday Parisians as almost a foreign land - one rife with passion, immortality, crime, hunger and freedom. As a revolt against both bourgeois expectations and elitist conventions of behaviour and aesthetics, Siegel suggests, bohemianism had a significant impact on the evolution of European - and American - society. Bohemianism established "foreignness" as a part of modern urban life, providing a possibility of liberation and non-conformity within a capitalist society. This analysis of culture, politics and the boundaries of bourgeois life in Paris brings together an assortment of individuals, from Baudelaire and Courbet to Zola, Rimbaud and Manet. It seeks to respect the complex entanglements found in both life and art, and probe the reciprocating movements that connect and distinguish bohemia and bourgeois.
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(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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Author Biography - Jerrold Seigel
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.