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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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Ironic Encounter

Ironic Encounter

The Poetics of Anonymity

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(p.121) Five Ironic Encounter
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An Atmospherics of the City
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Ross Chambers

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265848.003.0005

The prose poems of Le Spleen de Paris substitute for the allegorical mode of awareness of the “Tableaux Parisiens” an ironic mode; that of an apparently absent divinity and of anonymous urban encounters, one that makes the familiar strange when it becomes the object of attention. This is a new form of noise corresponding to the poet’s own loss of aura, as illustrated in “Perte d’Auréole” [A Loss of Aura]. “Le Mauvais Vitrier” [The Bad Glazier] is read, then, as the story of illusions shattered without their being—in a noisy world—abolished. And the collection itself, in its failure to become an ensemble, offers noise itself as the (impossible) object of our own reading.

Keywords:   prose poem, irony, anonymity, noise, (un)readability

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