City Blues: Baudelaire and Rimbaud

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
City Blues: Baudelaire Rimbaud
Spring 2023
Taught By: Rose Rejouis
Section: AX

CRN: 13511

Credits: 4

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.

This course fulfills the Single Author/Text requirement in Literary Studies.
This course fulfills the Poetry requirement for the Literature concentration.
Permission of the instructor will be required to register for this course after the first week of the semester

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:16am EDT 9/24/2023