Focusing primarily on mid-nineteenth-century France, these essays, by noted literary critics, offer fascinating new accounts of the relationship between the social history of home and homelessness and the imaginative expressions of the age. This probing interdisciplinary approach, combining theoretical sophistication with historical detail, addresses the fundamental importance of class and gender to the modern history of homelessness. Its provocative readings of well-known texts provide a model of cultural studies at its best and most serious.
About the Author
Suzanne Nash is Professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Princeton University.
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PART ONE: HOMESICKNESS AND THE URBAN ARTIST
Returning to Nostalgia
Michael S. Roth
The Flaneur: Urbanization and Its Discontents
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson
PART TWO: AESTHETIC REPRESENTATIONS OF HOMELESSNESS
Narratives for a Liminal Age: Ballanche, Custine, Nerval
Mary J. Harper
Hearth and Homelessness: Place, Story, and Novel in Flaubert's Sentimental Educations
"La Maison demolie": Photographs of Egypt by Maxine Du Camp 1849 - 1850
Whose House Is This?: Feeling at Home with the Past
The Modern Metropolis and the Ancient City
The Mnemonics of Dispossession: "Le Cygne" in 1859
PART THREE: "A WOMAN'S PLACE ..."
Republican Politics and the Bourgeois Interior in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France
The Female Pariah: Flora Tristan and the Paradox of Homelessness
A Woman's Place in the Utopian Home: The "New Paris" and the Saint-Simoniennes
Homeless Women: Maidservants in Fiction
Emma's Daughter: Femininty, Maternity, and "Mothersickness" in Madam Bovary
PART FOUR: FRANCE AS THE HOMELESS PLACE
The French Revolution and "Tintern Abbey"
Charlotte Bronte's Savoir-Faire
Afterword: Proust's Homecoming
List of Contributors