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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle$
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Steven Huebner

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.001.0001

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Bohemian Montmartre, Anarchism, and Gustave Charpentier

Bohemian Montmartre, Anarchism, and Gustave Charpentier

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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of thief, counterfeiter, murderer, and anarchist. Ravachol, who was responsible for bombing a building on the boulevard Saint-Germain on 11 Mar 1892 and targeting French advocate general Bulot two weeks later. The chapter then discusses French anarchism in the 1890s as a variegated social and cultural phenomenon. It is argued that the theory that unbridled individualism in an egalitarian society posed no serious threat struck a responsive chord in some writers and artists. Anarchist thinking was at once high-minded enough and sufficiently vague as to how the golden age would be implemented to harmonize well with wide-ranging aesthetic tendencies.

Keywords:   anarchist, Ravachol, fellow-travellers, French artists

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