Baudelaire's Media Aesthetics: The Gaze of the Flâneur and by Marit Grøtta

By Marit Grøtta

Baudelaire's Media Aesthetics situates Charles Baudelaire in the course of 19th-century media tradition. It deals a radical learn of the function of newspapers, images, and precinematic units in Baudelaire's writings, whereas additionally discussing the cultural background of those media in general. The booklet finds that Baudelaire was once now not only encouraged through the hot media, yet that he performed with them, utilizing them as frames of belief and methods of experiencing the realm. His writings reveal how varied media reply to each other and the way the conventions of 1 medium should be paraphrased in one other medium. as a result, Baudelaire's Media Aesthetics argues that Baudelaire will be obvious only as an suggest of "pure poetry,” yet as a poet in a media saturated setting. It indicates that mediation, montage, and circulate are positive factors which are critical to Baudelaire's aesthetics and that his modernist aesthetics might be conceived of, to a wide measure, as a media aesthetics.

Highlighting Baudelaire's interplay with the media of his age, Baudelaire's Media Aesthetics discusses the ways that we reply to new media know-how, drawing on views from Walter Benjamin and Giorgio Agamben. Combining distinct learn with modern idea, the booklet opens up new views on Baudelaire's writings, the determine of the flâneur, and modernist aesthetics.

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