Alternative Modernities in French Travel Writing: Engaging by Gillian Jein

By Gillian Jein

Ever considering that humans first travelled, towns have constituted very important fabric and literary locations. whereas town has shaped a key subject matter for students of literary fiction, travelers’ writings at the western urban were a little missed by means of commute reports. even if, go back and forth writing with its awareness to distinction offers a wealthy resource for the examine of representational concepts and strategies in glossy city space.

Beginning on the Crystal Palace in 1851 and finishing up within the skyscrapers of NYC, this e-book analyses the writings of lesser-known in addition to canonical French commute writers, together with Paul Morand, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georges Perec and Jean Baudrillard. Tracing the paintings of those writers in London and ny from 1851 to the Eighties, it contributes to a physique of labor that analyses trip and go back and forth writing past the Anglophone context, and engages in questions touching on the French mind's eye of attainable meanings for all times within the smooth urban. one of many primary tenets of the ebook is that, within the method its areas are deliberate, encountered and represented, town is lively in formulating identities, whereas the book’s guiding query is how research of French commute writing permits us to discover the multiplicity of city modernities via attractive with the historic and cultural transformations inner to ‘the West’.

Bringing jointly the strands of conception, context and poetic research, the e-book treats of shuttle writing as a spatial perform, one who engages representations of city area in questions of nationality, energy and legibility. during this means, it opens avenues for the exploration of city modernity from a place of alterity, wherein substitute imaginitive geographies of the town come into view.

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