Eating with the Other in <i>Les Paradis artificiels</i>

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:
Eating with the Other in Les Paradis artificiels

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This chapter examines the motif of eating through Baudelaire's presentation of it in Les Paradis artificiels. The move has some advantages because Baudelaire has done much of the work in bringing together the problem of form and of internalization. One chapter, “Le Goût de l'infini,” directly addresses internalization as man's appetite for what is not like himself, for the absolute Other that infinity represents. As for the drugs discussed in this chapter, the term “taste” already signals that they are not simply literal pharmaceutical compounds, ingestion of which is dangerous for the health of the body and the body politic, but are also figures for distinct formal tendencies or tropes. The text unites Baudelaire's reflections on the internalizing of the other with a consideration of artistic strategies.

Keywords: Rousseau; eating; Baudelaire; internalization; drugs

Chapter.  20581 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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