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An Atmospherics of the CityBaudelaire and the Poetics of Noise$
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Ross Chambers

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265848

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265848.001.0001

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Daylight Specters

Daylight Specters

Allegory and the Weather of Time

(p.89) Four Daylight Specters
An Atmospherics of the City

Ross Chambers

Fordham University Press

Théophile Gautier’s “Vieux de la Vieille” [Napoleonic Grunts] is read as the source of the allegorical specters of Baudelaire’s “Les Sept Vieillards” [The Seven Old Men], and this poem undergoes close reading as a manifestation of time in the form of an atmospherics of everyday city life. Similarly “A une Passante” [To a Passer-By] personifies the weather of time as the devastating revelation of the chiasmic structure of the universe.

Keywords:   allegory, daylight specters, weather of time, atmospherics

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