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Impure WorldsThe Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel$
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Jonathan Arac

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231782

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231782.001.0001

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Baudelaire's Impure Transfers: Allegory, Translation, Prostitution, Correspondence

Baudelaire's Impure Transfers: Allegory, Translation, Prostitution, Correspondence

(p.125) 9. Baudelaire's Impure Transfers: Allegory, Translation, Prostitution, Correspondence
Impure Worlds

Jonathan Arac

Fordham University Press

The life of Charles Baudelaire was not committed to remaking the world except in poetry, yet his experience was deeply marked by the violent political energies of nineteenth-century France. In addition to Baudelaire's life, he has been through different circumstances that offered a vivid emblem of his messy history. In addition, the prostitute has a further place in Baudelaire's poetry. The prostitute not only violates bourgeois decency and criticizes its hypocrisy by taking it to an unacknowledged logical extreme, but she also images the poet. Moreover, his short poems that respond to two possibilities are included here for discussion.

Keywords:   Charles Baudelaire, France, prostitute, bourgeois, hypocrisy, poet, poetry, poems

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