Generic baggage: encountering other people in “À une passante” and “Les Veuves"

Gubbins, S. (2018) Generic baggage: encountering other people in “À une passante” and “Les Veuves". L'Esprit Créateur, 58 (1). pp. 8-16. ISSN 0014-0767.

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Abstract

Baudelaire’s exploitation and challenging of generic conventions have implications for readers’ impressions of a text, including their perceptions of the other people with whom the speaker comes into contact. This article explores these issues in relation to two short texts: ‘À une passante’ – a sonnet evoking one of the most celebrated Baudelairean encounters – and ‘Les Veuves’, a poème en prose in which an apparently similar subject is treated very differently. I conclude that generic baggage can be as problematic as the heuristic assumptions we bring to our everyday dealings with other people.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB0001 Modern languages
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics
Depositing User: Sarah Gubbins
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 14:19
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 07:43
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17127

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