Paris: Capital of the World / Edition 1

Paris: Capital of the World / Edition 1

by Patrice Higonnet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674017587

ISBN-13: 9780674017580

Pub. Date: 04/30/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In an original and evocative journey through modern Paris from the mid-eighteenth century to World War II, Patrice Higonnet offers a delightful cultural portrait of a multifaceted, continually changing city. In examining the myths and countermyths of Paris that have been created and re-created over time, Higonnet reveals a magical urban alchemy in which each era

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In an original and evocative journey through modern Paris from the mid-eighteenth century to World War II, Patrice Higonnet offers a delightful cultural portrait of a multifaceted, continually changing city. In examining the myths and countermyths of Paris that have been created and re-created over time, Higonnet reveals a magical urban alchemy in which each era absorbs the myths and perceptions of Paris past, adapts them to the cultural imperatives of its own time, and feeds them back into the city, creating a new environment.

Paris was central to the modern world in ways internal and external, genuine and imagined, progressive and decadent. Higonnet explores Paris as the capital of revolution, science, empire, literature, and art, describing such incarnations as Belle Epoque Paris, the Commune, the surrealists' city, and Paris as viewed through American eyes. He also evokes the more visceral Paris of alienation, crime, material excess, and sensual pleasure.

Insightful, informative, and gracefully written, Paris illuminates the intersection of collective and individual imaginations in a perpetually shifting urban dynamic. In describing his Paris of the real and of the imagination, Higonnet sheds brilliant new light on this endlessly intriguing city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674017580
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x (h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. A City of Myths

2. Capital of the Modern Self

3. Capital of Revolution

4. Mysterious Capital of Crime

5. Negative Myths of La Parisienne

6. Capital of Science

7. Reading the Parisian Myths

8. The Urban Machine

9. Capital of Alienation

10. Paris in the World

11. Three Literary Visions

12. Capital of Pleasure

13. The American Imagination

14. From Myth to Phantasmagoria

15. The Surrealists' Quest

16. Capital of Art

17. A Universal City

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