The Emergence of Social Space : Rimbaud and the Paris Commune Paperback
by Kristin Ross
Part of the Radical Thinkers series
The 1870s in France Rimbaud s moment, and the subject of this book is a decade virtually ignored in most standard histories in France.
Yet it was the moment of two significant spatial events: France s expansion on a global scale, and, in the spring of 1871, the brief existence on the Paris Commune the construction of the revolutionary urban space.
Arguing that space, as a social fact, is always political and strategic, Kristin Ross has written a book that is at once a history and geography of the Commune s anarchist culture its political language and social relations, its values, strategies, and stances.
Central to her analysis of the Commune as a social space and oppositional culture is a close textual reading of Arthur Rimabaud s poetry.
His poems a common thread running through the book are one set of documents among many in Ross s recreation of the Communard experience. Rimbaud, Paul Lafargue, and the social geographer Elisee Reclus serve as emblematic figures moving within and on the periphery of the Commune; in their resistance to the logic and economy of the capitalist conception of work, in their challenge to work itself as a term of identity, all three posed a threat to the existing order.
Ross looks at these and other emancipatory notions as aspects of Communard life, each with an analogous strategy in Rimbaud s poetry.
Applying contemporary theory, to a wealth of little-known archival material, she has written a fresh, persuasive, and original book."
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Verso Books
- Publication Date: 14/12/2007
- Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9781844672066