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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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“La forme d’une ville”

“La forme d’une ville”

The Urban Diary

(p.146) Six “La forme d’une ville”
An Atmospherics of the City

Ross Chambers

Fordham University Press

The contemporary journalistic genre of the collectively written “urban diary” as an accumulation of anecdotes over time suggests that Baudelaire’s prose-poem collection functions as the making-readable of time itself as the secret atmosphere of daily life in the form of noise. The work becomes a messy construction-site, incorporating into an act of poetic witness the noisiness that is endemic to historical existence.

Keywords:   urban diary, noise, construction site, historicity

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