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Oscar Wilde's Elegant Republic : Transformation, Dislocation and Fantasy in Fin-de-Sia]cle Paris
by David Charles Rose


Overview - Why was Paris so popular as a place of both innovation and exile in the late nineteenth century? Using French, English and American sources, this first volume of a trilogy provides a possible answer with a detailed exploration of both the city and its communities, who, forming a varied cast of colourful characters from duchesses to telephonists, artists to beggars, and dancers to diplomats, crowd the stage.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Why was Paris so popular as a place of both innovation and exile in the late nineteenth century? Using French, English and American sources, this first volume of a trilogy provides a possible answer with a detailed exploration of both the city and its communities, who, forming a varied cast of colourful characters from duchesses to telephonists, artists to beggars, and dancers to diplomats, crowd the stage. Through the throng moves Oscar Wilde as the connecting thread: Wilde exploratory, Wilde triumphant, Wilde ruined. This use of Wilde as a central figure provides both a cultural history of Paris and a view of how he assimilated himself there. By interweaving fictional representations of Paris and Parisians with historical narrative, Paris of the imagination is blended with the topography of the city described by Victor Hugo as 'this great phantom composed of darkness and light'. This original treatment of the belle epoque is couched in language accessible to all who wish to explore Paris on foot or from an armchair.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781443883603
  • ISBN-10: 1443883603
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 610
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.05 pounds


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