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Seeing Double: Baudelaire's Modernity

Francoise Meltzer


The poet Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867) has been labeled the very icon of modernity, the scribe of the modern city, and an observer of an emerging capitalist culture. This book reconsiders this iconic literary figure and his fraught relationship with the nineteenth-century world by examining the way in which he viewed the increasing dominance of modern life. In doing so, it revises some of our most common assumptions about the unresolved tensions that emerged in Baudelaire's writing during a time of political and social upheaval. The book argues that Baudelaire did not simply describe the cont ... More

Keywords: Charles Baudelaire, modernity, capitalism, nineteenth century, double vision, poems, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226519883
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226519876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francoise Meltzer, author