Tuesday, February 15, 2005

A reading list

David's point about Poe's influence on Baudelaire and a talk I had with a student after class led me to this.

Not that any of you should feel obligated to read the works listed. If Baudelaire has your attention, then you should do something with your engagement. The list below is a suggestion, not meant to represent an expert opinion, not meant to offer a key to solve Baudelarian problems. And the focus is on the speculative and the flaneur. I could have focused on "the everyday," for example.

If you discover anything worth sharing with the class, use the comments below to share. ) Lurker-input welcome.

  • Edgar Allen Poe: Poems and Poetics, Library of America, 2003.
  • The Science Fiction of Edgar Allen Poe, Penguin Classics, 1976.
  • "On Some Motifs in Baudelaire," Illuminations, Schocken Books, 1969.
  • "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," Illuminations, Schocken Books, 1969.
  • The Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin, Belknap Press, 2002.
  • American Flaneur: The Cosmic Physiognomy of Edgar Allen Poe, James V. Werner, Routledge, 2004.
  • The Flaneur, Routledge, 1994.


Blogger houdini said...

I really liked Beaudalaire's "The Double Room"...if anyone else liked this story, i found it resembled Poe's "The Mask of the Red Death" if you pay attention to the contrucion of the rooms. At least that's how I took it.

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