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An Atmospherics of the City: Baudelaire and the Poetics of Noise

Ross Chambers


An Atmospherics of the City traces Baudelaire’s evolution from an aesthetics of fetishizing, in which the function of poetry is to produce beauty out of the ordinary by means of the poet’s artifice, to a poetics of allegory that reads the modern city’s atmospherics as a product of urban noise and as a function, therefore, of what today would be recognized as entropy. In this later stage, the function of the poetic becomes one of disalienation; it strives to awaken readers to the presence of Evil as a malevolent force that is responsible for the depredations of human history over time. This evo ... More

Keywords: atmospherics, allegory, entropy, disalienation, city poetry, noise, urban diary, temporality, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823265848
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ross Chambers, author
University of Michigan

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Part I Fetish and the Everyday

Part II Allegory, History, and the Weather of Time

Part III Ironic Atmospherics and the Urban Diary

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