Places royales et faubourgs brumeux, enceintes, barricades et passages, c'est la trame serrée des quartiers parisiens qui organise cette déambulation proposée aux flâneurs des rues et des livres.On y voit naître, au rythme des enceintes successives, l'éclairage public, l'enfermement des pauvres et des fous, le numérotage des maisons, les terrasses des cafés et la police de proximité. Du Marais des Précieuses au XIe arrondissement des «branchés», on assiste aux migrations de la mode, à l'apparition de microvilles dans la ville, celles de Scarron, de Des Grieux, de Desmoulins, de Rubempré et de l'autre Lucien, Leuwen, celles de Gavroche, de Baudelaire et de Manet, d'Apollinaire, celles encore de Nadja, de Doisneau ou d'Anna Karina.Mais les vrais héros du livre, ce sont des anonymes, les architectes du désordre qui, de génération en génération, se sont transmis l'art d'empiler les magiques pavés, au faubourg Saint-Antoine en prairial an III, au cloître Saint-Merri en juin 1832, au clos Saint-Lazare en juin 1848, à Belleville en mai 1871, au quartier Latin en mai 1968, démontrant chaque fois - et plaignons ceux qui croient la série close - la force de rupture de Paris.
The Flâneur Abroad
Author: Richard Wrigley
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
This volume offers new perspectives on a crucial figure of nineteenth-century cultural history – the flâneur. Recent writing on the flâneur has given little sustained attention to the widespread adaptation of the flâneur outside Paris, let alone outside France and indeed Europe, whether in the form of historic antecedents, modern sequels, or contemporary echoes. Yet it is clear that the allure of the flâneur’s persona has led to its translation and adoption far beyond Parisian boulevards and passages, and this in different media and literary genres. This volume maps some of the flâneur’s travels and transpositions. How far the flâneur is dependent on Paris as a milieu is opened up for questioning: for all the international dispersal of this idea and model, in some sense Paris is always present, if only as a reference to kick against or replace. When modern flâneurs step out in foreign cities, how much of a Parisian ethos clings to them, however they might claim independence? Cities which provide counterpoints to Paris discussed here are Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Le Havre, London, Madrid, New York, Prague, and St Petersburg. This internationalised view also reconsiders the nature of the flâneur, and revises stereotypes based on Walter Benjamin’s account of Baudelaire. Another key feature is the chapters which analyse the flâneur in terms of visual representations, whether graphic illustration, streetscapes, urban design, cinema, or album covers (related to musical examples from the 1950s to the present).
A Walk Through Paris
Author: Eric Hazan
Publisher: Verso Books
A walker’s guide to Paris, taking us through its past, present and possible futures Eric Hazan, author of the acclaimed The Invention of Paris, leads us by the hand in this walk from Ivry to Saint-Denis, roughly following the meridian that divides Paris into east and west, and passing such familiar landmarks as the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pompidou Centre, the Gare du Nord and Montmartre, as well as little-known alleyways and arcades. Filled with historical anecdotes, geographical observations and literary references, Hazan’s walk guides us through an unknown Paris. He shows us how, through planning and modernisation, the city’s revolutionary past has been erased in order to enforce a reactionary future; but by walking and observation, he shows us how we can regain our knowledge of the radical past of the city of Robespierre, the Commune, Sartre and the May ’68 uprising. And by drawing on his own life story, as surgeon, publisher and social critic, Hazan vividly illustrates a radical life lived in the city of revolution.
Space, place and mapping have become key concepts in literary and cultural studies. The transformational effects of postcolonialism, globalization, and the rise of ever more advanced information technologies helped to push space and spatiality into the foreground, as traditional spatial or geographic limits are erased or redrawn. Teaching Space, Place and Literature surveys a broad expanse of literary critical, theoretical, historical territories, as it presents both an introduction to teaching spatial literary studies and an essential guide to scholarly research. Divided into sections on key concepts and issues; teaching strategies; urban spaces; place, race and gender and spatiality, periods and genres, this comprehensive book is the ideal way to approach the teaching of space and place in the humanities classroom.
The Cartographic Capital
Author: Kory Olson
Publisher: Studies in Modern and Contemporary France
Through official maps, this book looks at how government presentations of Paris and environs change over the course of the Third Republic (1889-1934). Governmental policies, such as the creation of a mandatory national uniform educational system that will eventually include geography, combined with technological advances in the printing industry, to alter the look, exposure, reception, and distribution of government maps. The government initially seemed to privilege an exclusively positive view of the capital city and limited its presentation of it to land inside the walled fortifications. However, as the Republic progressed and Paris grew, technology altered how Parisians used and understood their urban space. Rail and automobiles made moving about the city and environs easier while increased industrialization moved factories and their workers further out into the Seine Department. During this time, maps transitioned from reflecting the past to documenting the present. With the advent of French urbanism after World War I, official mapped views of greater Paris abandoned privileging past achievements and began to mirror actual residential and industrial development as it pushed further out from the city centre. Finally, the government needed to plan for the future of greater Paris and official maps begin to show how the government viewed the direction of its capital city.
The Place de la Bastille
Author: Keith Reader
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Epicentre of the Revolution of 1789, erstwhile bastion of the skilled working-class and centre of radical agitation, along with Pigalle and Montmartre a focus for popular and raffish night-life in the early twentieth century, the Bastille area of Eastern Paris (also known as the Faubourg Saint-Antoine) is now an ethnically and socially mixed quartier which still bears the traces of its previous avatars. In a fascinating tour, Keith Reader charts the history and cultural geography of this unique area of Paris, from the fortress and prison that gave the area its name to the building of the largest and costliest opera house in the world.
"Au spectacle quasi quotidien des destructions - d'hôtels particuliers, de maisons médiévales consécutives aux transformations de Paris à partir du Second Empire, un certain nombre de personnalités, comme Victor Hugo, ou de simples citoyens prennent la mesure de l'urgence qu'il y a à s'engager en faveur des témoins de l'histoire et de la vie passée de la capitale. Ce mouvement aux motivations historiques et littéraires autant qu'artistiques et architecturales aboutit rapidement à la naissance de nombreuses associations. Il invente à proprement parler la notion de "vieux Paris" - par opposition au Paris moderne qui surgit alors de toutes parts. Cet ouvrage consacré à la naissance d'une conscience patrimoniale dans le Paris de la fin du XIXe et du début du XXe siècle est le premier à retracer l'histoire des groupes de sauvegarde et de leur action, auxquelles on doit la préservation de nombreux fleurons du patrimoine architectural et urbain parisien. Servi par une iconographie inédite et variée, il restitue les controverses, les débats et les mobilisations qui ont largement contribué à dessiner le paysage urbain que nous connaissons aujourd'hui. Il montre aussi l'évolution des mentalités et des prises de conscience qui façonnent un imaginaire urbain, qui, bien loin d'être exclusivement nostalgique, s'efforce de penser la place du passé dans la grande métropole du XXe siècle alors en gestation".
Paris visite guidée
Author: Philippe Simon
Publisher: Editions A&J Picard
Author: Colin Jones
Publisher: Lane, Allen
In this intelligently-written and supremely entertaining new history, Colin Jones seeks to give a sense of the city of Paris as it was lived in and experienced over time. The focal point of generation upon generation of admirers and detractors, a source of attraction or repulsion even for those who have never been there, Paris has witnessed more extraordinary events than any other major city. No spot on earth has been more walked around, written about, discussed, painted and photographed. With an eye for the revealing, startling and (sometimes) horrible detail, Colin Jones takes the reader from Roman Paris to the present, recreating the ups and downs in the history of the city and its inhabitants. Attentive to both the urban environment and to the experience of those who lived within it, PARIS: A HISTORY will be hugely enjoyed by habitual Paris obsessives, by first-time visitors, and by those who know the city only by repute.
A radical guide to Paris through art, literature and revolution.
Author: Gilles Plazy
Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor
Twenty centuries of revolution, artistic genius, and daily toil have forged Paris as we know it today. To experience the richness of this much-loved city is to understand its history, its cultural heritage, and the palpable energy that has tome to define it. The specialist authors of this exquisite volume, all Parisians by birth or inclination, offer personal insights into all facets of their City : from Paris's turbulent and bloody history and the gritty reality of medieval life on its streets, to the magnificent architectural plans of kings and emperors, daring urbanists, and modern architects. Paris is a celebration of the capital's cultural riches - from sculpture and painting to literature and cinema - and the ambiance and savoir faire of this elegant city. The wonderfully original illustrations throughout capture the essence of Paris. From behind-the-scenes at the Louvre to smoky jazz clubs, and from battles in barricaded streets to the sinuous vindings of the Seine, this book is the ultimate indulgence in the insatiable love affair that is Paris.
Author: John W. Baldwin
This book makes use of vivid primary documents to provide a fascinating portrait of Paris in the year 1200: a key moment in its history, when the modern French capital was being born.