Listening to the rumblings and screeches of trains in Émile Zola’s La Bête humaine is a means to understand how railway noise conveys mental fracture and modern alienation—what I am calling the “sound crack” playing on Gilles Deleuze’s we
Since Walter Benjamin’s famous characterization of flânerie as a kind of botanizing on the asphalt, in “Das Paris des Second Empire bei Baudelaire,” critics have often sought to compare Charles Baudelaire to the figure of the bo
Interpreting the malaise of Ourika, the eponymous heroine of Claire de Duras’s short novel of 1823, as melancholia does not go far enough in understanding the portrayal of racism, its underpinnings, and its effects in the novel.
Shared admirations belong to the “weak links” that, according to Gabriel Tarde, enhance the cohesion of a given community, what induces that their disappearance may reveal a new sociocultural configuration.
Jacques Delille’s funeral in 1813 made clear the extent of his fame and popularity. The poet’s body was embalmed and exhibited at Collège de France, before being buried with pomp and circumstance at Père-Lachaise.
Between the Enlightenment and the Premier Empire, at a time when the French State makes its appreciation of “les grands hommes” official and monumental, Jacques Delille’s work creates a personal and original pantheon in which me
One of the most surprising aspects of the glory that the poet Jacques Delille enjoyed during his lifetime is the fact that most of his works were famous long before they were published, thanks to the disclosure of fragments of t