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Poetry, Politics, and the Body in Rimbaud: Lyrical Material

Robert St. Clair


Bodies abound in Rimbaud’s poetry in a way that is nearly unprecedented in the nineteenth-century poetic canon: lazy, creative, rule-breaking bodies, queer bodies, marginalized and impoverished bodies, revolting and revolutionary, historical bodies. The question that this book seeks to answer is: what does this sheer, corporeal density mean for reading Rimbaud? What kind of sense are we to make of this omnipresence of the body in the Rimbaldian corpus from the earliest poems celebrating the simple delight of running away from wherever one is and stretching one’s legs out under a table, to the ... More

Keywords: Arthur Rimbaud, 19th-century French poetry, modernity, literature and social history, theories of literary politics, the body and materiality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198826583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert St. Clair, author
Assistant Professor of French, Dartmouth College