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British Writers and Paris 1830–1875$
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Elisabeth Jay

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655243.001.0001

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British Writers and Paris 1830–1875

Elisabeth Jay

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the way in which British writers reacted to Paris as a physical site, and how its swiftly-changing aspect offered references and metaphors for the different social milieux to be found within the city’s various arrondissements. It argues that the largely positive British welcome accorded to Baron Haussmann’s redesign of Paris was based upon the physical benefits it offered to visitors who rarely strayed beyond tourist Paris, although it also made them reflect upon the dirigiste regimes that could achieve such transformations so swiftly. The accommodation British writers rented, and their observations on the way that Parisian architecture influenced the way Parisians lived, and their own lives as writers, concludes the chapter.

Keywords:   accommodation, architecture, arrondissements, dirigisme, Haussmann, social milieux, tourists

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