Abstract

Abstract:

Taking Barthes's concept of a Baudelairean "pre- theater" as its starting point, this article sets out to interrogate where Baudelaire's theater voices may be located, both in theory and in practice. It examines two specific examples of performed/staged readings of Baudelaire's poetry by two French actors (Pierre Blanchar and Fabrice Luchini). Through detailed analyses of "La Géante" and "Au lecteur," it sets out to explore Baudelaire's voices at variance and proxy voices which seem, perversely, to promote a work's longevity beyond the published page. It concludes by suggesting that Baudelaire embeds diverging, conflicting, and contaminating theater voices into his poetic language, and that this is what enables them to move beyond a private stage and onto a public one.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-0172
Print ISSN
0146-7891
Pages
pp. 99-113
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-12
Open Access
No
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