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Historical Time, Cultural Time, and Biological Time in Baudelaire


Klinkert, Thomas (2018). Historical Time, Cultural Time, and Biological Time in Baudelaire. In: Bender, Niklas; Séginger, Gisèle. Biological Time, Historical Time. Transfers and Transformations in 19th Century Literature. Leiden: Brill, 180-195.

Abstract

Baudelaire’s poetics of modernity is the expression of a historical consciousness: beauty is composed of “an eternal, invariable element” and of “a relative, circumstantial element” (Le Peintre de la vie moderne). In Baudelaire’s poetic texts, the duality of beauty, pertaining to a historical order of time, is realized by a tension between two other orders of time, namely the order of biological time, which implies that humans are mortal, and the order of cultural time, whose function is to transcend individual death. This contribution analyses the interrelations between these three orders of time.

Abstract

Baudelaire’s poetics of modernity is the expression of a historical consciousness: beauty is composed of “an eternal, invariable element” and of “a relative, circumstantial element” (Le Peintre de la vie moderne). In Baudelaire’s poetic texts, the duality of beauty, pertaining to a historical order of time, is realized by a tension between two other orders of time, namely the order of biological time, which implies that humans are mortal, and the order of cultural time, whose function is to transcend individual death. This contribution analyses the interrelations between these three orders of time.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:13 Feb 2019 14:45
Last Modified:13 Feb 2019 14:47
Publisher:Brill
Number:431
ISBN:978-90-04-38516-0
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004385160
Related URLs:https://brill.com/view/title/39098 (Publisher)

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