Fleurs du mal

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William J. Thompson
Vanderbilt University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 241 pages
Surprisingly, there are few book-length studies available that approach the poems in Charles Baudelaire’s collection on an individual basis. Understanding "Les Fleurs du Mal" fills this gap by providing students and serious readers with clear, scholarly "explications" to many of the most widely read of Baudelaire's poems.
 

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Contents

Baudelaires La Vie antérieure
16
Feminine Proportions and Lyric Subjectivity
35
Parfum exotique
49
The Poetics of Nocturnal and Diurnal Imagery
72
A Mystifying Totality
86
Karen Harrington
109
Le Cygne of Baudelaire
122
Order and Chaos in A une passante
145
A Proustian Reading
160
Le Vin des chiffonniers
176
Myth Metaphor and Music in Le Voyage
192
A Reading of Les Bijoux
214
References
227
Contributors
234
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William J. Thompson, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Memphis, has written widely on French literature and culture. He recently served as volume editor of The Contemporary Novel in France (University Press of Florida, 1995).

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