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The Shape before the Mirror: Autobiography and the Dandy in Baudelaire

E. S. Burt

in Regard for the Other

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230907
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230907.003.0004
The Shape before the Mirror: Autobiography and the Dandy in Baudelaire

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This chapter asks about the problem that Baudelaire's marked preference for impersonal writing poses for an autobiographical reading, and more especially for a reading centered on identification. It focuses on the Dandy figure because it is with that figure that Baudelaire has usually been identified. Running alongside these questions will be the intertwined one of representation in poetic language, for it is certainly one of the prerequisites of narratives of identity that language be thought as representational.

Keywords: Baudelaire; autobiographical reading; impersonal writing; Dangy; representation; poetic language; identity

Chapter.  11353 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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