Abstract

The representation of Topino – in Champfleury's 1859 novel, La Mascarade de la vie parisienne – as a figure for the realist writer is one of a number of representations of the rag-picker in the literature of the July Monarchy and Second Empire that encode æsthetic concerns. Reading Champfleury's text alongside Berthaud's sketch of the chiffonnier in Les Français peints par eux-mêmes (1841) and Baudelaire's celebrated references to the rag-picker enables us to map the emergence of a conception of the literary process as one that far from enabling an imaginative transcendence of the material realm remains bound to that realm.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-0172
Print ISSN
0146-7891
Pages
pp. 262-275
Launched on MUSE
2009-05-13
Open Access
No
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