Generic baggage: encountering other people in “À une passante” and “Les Veuves"

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Gubbins, S. 2018. Generic baggage: encountering other people in “À une passante” and “Les Veuves". L'Esprit Créateur. 58 (1), pp. 8-16.
AuthorsGubbins, S.

Baudelaire’s exploitation and challenging of generic conventions have implications for readers’ impressions of a text, including their perceptions of the other people with whom the speaker comes into contact. This article explores these issues in relation to two short texts: ‘À une passante’ – a sonnet evoking one of the most celebrated Baudelairean encounters – and ‘Les Veuves’, a poème en prose in which an apparently similar subject is treated very differently. I conclude that generic baggage can be as problematic as the heuristic assumptions we bring to our everyday dealings with other people.

JournalL'Esprit Créateur
Journal citation58 (1), pp. 8-16
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
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Print21 Mar 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited22 Mar 2018
Accepted09 Jan 2018
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
ContributorsScott, M. and Wettlaufer, A.
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