City Blues: Baudelaire and Rimbaud
Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies
In this course, we will read Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Aimé Césaire together. Charles Baudelaire saw the city and the modern self as endless works of performance art. Arthur Rimbaud, a young poet who read Baudelaire, made pilgrimages to many European cities, in search of a safe haven. When he declared that “the poet makes himself into a seer by a long, involved, and logical derangement of all the senses... every kind of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself; he exhausts every possible poison so that only the essence remains,” he was trying to practice Baudelaire’s theory of modernity. We will conclude the course with the work of a poet from the Caribbean island of Martinique who read both Baudelaire and Rimbaud: Aimé Césaire. Césaire’s critique of colonialism is an exit out of the modernist labyrinth.
College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)
Department: Literary Studies (LLST)
Campus: New York City (GV)
Course Format: Seminar (R)
Max Enrollment: 18
Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)
Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)
Seats Available: Yes
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