Aloysius Bertrand’s Gaspard de la Nuit (1842) is a familiar title to music lovers, thanks to Ravel’s piano work of the same name, and to specialists of French literature, especially those interested in Baudelaire’s prose poetry. Yet until very recently the collection and its author have generally been viewed almost exclusively through the prism of their pioneering role in the development of the prose poem. By placing Bertrand back in his original context, adopting a comparative approach and engaging with recent critical work on the collection, Valentina Gosetti proposes a substantial reassessment of Gaspard de la Nuit and promotes a new understanding of Bertrand in his own terms, rather than those of his successors. Through his playful and ironic reinterpretation of Romantic clichés, and his overt defiance of the boundaries of poetry and beauty, Bertrand emerges as a fascinating figure in his own right. This book is one of the first full-length studies of Bertrand’s work, and it will be of particular interest to specialists of the nineteenth century and of provincial literature, and to students of nineteenth-century poetry or the fantastic.
Utilities have long been essential for societies, supplying basic services for nations, organizations and households alike. The proper functioning and regulation of utilities is therefore critical for the economy, society and security. History provides an invaluable insight into important issues of the economic and social regulation of utilities and offers guidance for future debates. However, the history of utility regulation – which speaks of changing, diverse and complex experiences around the world – was sidelined or marginalised when economists and policy-makers enthusiastically embraced the question of how to reform the utilities from the 1970s. This book examines in depth the complex regulation and deregulation of energy, communications, transportation and water utilities across Western Europe, the United States, Australia, Brazil, China and India. In each case, attention is drawn to the changing roles of the state, the market and firms in the regulation, organization and delivery of utility services. This book was originally published as a special issue of Business History.
In this book, Sephardism is defined not as an expression of Sephardic identity but as a politicized literary metaphor. Since the nineteenth century, this metaphor has occurred with extraordinary frequency in works by authors from a variety of ethnicities, religions, and nationalities in Europe, the Americas, North Africa, Israel, and even India. Sephardism asks why Gentile and Jewish writers and cultural figures have chosen to draw upon the medieval Sephardic experience to express their concerns about dissidents and minorities in modern nations? To what extent does their use of Sephardism overlap with other politicized discourses such as orientalism, hispanism, and medievalism, which also emerged from a clash between authoritarian, progressive, and romantic ideologies? This book brings a new approach to Sephardic Studies by situating it at a crossroads between Jewish Studies and Hispanic Studies in ways that enhance our appreciation of how historical fiction and political history have shaped, and were shaped by, historical attitudes toward Jews and their representation.
This volume is an important re-evaluation of space and spatiality in the late Renaissance and early modern period. History of science has generally reduced sixteenth and seventeenth century space to a few canonical forms. This volume gives a much needed antidote. The contributing chapters examine the period’s staggering richness of spatiality: the geometrical, geographical, perceptual and elemental conceptualizations of space that abounded. The goal is to begin to reconstruct the amalgam of “spaces” which co-existed and cross-fertilized in the period’s many disciplines and visions of nature. Our volume will be a valuable resource for historians of science, philosophy and art, and for cultural and literary theorists.
Le présent volume est le fruit d'un colloque bilingue consacré au thème des "Anges et démons au Moyen Âge", organisé par le Centre d'Études Médiévales Anglaises de l'Université de Paris IV, qui a eu lieu en Sorbonne les 24-25 mars 2000. La date de la réunion n'était pas sans rapport avec le thème : en effet, dans la tradition chrétienne, le 25 mars marque la fête de l'Annonciation, et, par conséquent, de l'Incarnation du Christ - fête qui avait une résonance tout à fait particulière en l'an 2000, l'ère chrétienne ayant logiquement été inaugurée, en l'an I, à cette date. C'est donc l'archange Gabriel, médiateur de l'annonce divine, qui est à l'honneur sur la couver...
Rassemblant les meilleurs chercheurs en poésie moderniste américaine, l'ouvrage met en perspective les problèmes posés par l'œuvre tentaculaire d'Ezra Pound, notamment les rapports entre texte poétique et référent extratextuel. Par ce biais, les liens entre la poésie et les autres 'arts sont repensés, de même que les enjeux de l'inscription de l'histoire, de l'économie et de la politique dans le poème. Au cœur des grands débats esthétiques et éthiques, le texte poétique de Pound nous parle dé nous, lecteurs, de projet pour l'humanité et des risques qu'encourt l'artiste quand les stratégies référentielles deviennent violence au monde.