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Living during the chaotic period between the end of the Second Empire and the early years of the Third Republic, Arthur Rimbaud would become the genius of French literary modernism, surpassing even Baudelaire. But at what cost? In his poems and letters he reveals the devastating rigors of his relationships with others as well as his power as creator and thinker. Neal Oxenhandler employs psychocritical strategies to penetrate the secrets of a man who was one of the greatest literary figures of his century. For each poem Rimbaud wrote he paid a price in suffering, in jealousy, and in misunderstanding. Eventually the price for his gift rose so high that he had no alternative except to abandon poetry while still in his mid-twenties. Rimbaud: The Cost of Genius analyzes twenty-one major poems, showing the poet’s development during the ten years (1869–1879) when he was actively writing. It offers new solutions to the “joke” or “trick” poems, such as “H” and “Conte.” It also deals with the poet’s confinement in the Babylone barracks during the Commune, envisioned in the enigmatic poem, “Le Coeur du pitre.” In the last chapter, Oxenhandler studies how sublimation is achieved in “Une Saison en enfer” through the rhetorical trope of chiasmus. The book concludes with a personal “Appendix” that seeks to penetrate the mystery surrounding Rimbaud’s death in the Conception Hospital in Marseilles on November 10, 1891, at the age of thirty-seven.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotation
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part 1. "His Day!"
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. Overview: Rimbaud and Psychocriticism
  2. pp. 11-16
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  1. Part 2. "He is Affection and the Present"
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 2. Defiance in "Les Poètes de sept ans"
  2. pp. 19-23
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  1. 3. Poem of the Uncanny: "Le Bateau ivre"
  2. pp. 24-32
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  1. 4. Figures of Desire in "Mémoire"
  2. pp. 33-40
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  1. Part 3. "It is this Present Age that has Failed!"
  2. pp. 41-42
  1. 5. What Happend in Babylone?: "Le Couer du pitre"; Survival of the Object in "Qu'est-ce pour nous, mon couer . . . ?"
  2. pp. 43-50
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  1. 6. Synchronicity: "A Une Raison"; "Democratie"
  2. pp. 51-56
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  1. Part 4. " . . . The Most Intense Music"
  2. pp. 57-58
  1. 7. The Child as Thaumaturge: "Après le déluge”
  2. pp. 59-64
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  1. 8. Abreaction in Three Poems: "Honte"; "Angoisee"; "Aube"
  2. pp. 65-74
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  1. 9. Fantasy and Reality: "Vies I, II, III"; "H"
  2. pp. 75-81
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  1. 10. Killing Me Softly: "Conte"
  2. pp. 82-87
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  1. 11. "Nocture vulgaire" and the Paranoid Position
  2. pp. 88-92
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  1. Part 5. "O Fecundity of the Mind and Immensity of the Universe!"
  2. pp. 93-94
  1. 12. "Génie”: Advent of the Ego-Ideal
  2. pp. 95-102
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  1. 13. Narcissistic Gain in "Solde"
  2. pp. 103-108
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  1. Part VI. "His Vision, His Vision!"
  2. pp. 109-110
  1. 14. Rimbaud's Ontology: "Villes II"
  2. pp. 111-118
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  1. 15. Sublimation in Une Saison en enfer
  2. pp. 119-140
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  1. Appendix: The Death of Rimbaud: "We remember him and he travels on."
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 149-160
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 161-166
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 167-170
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271643
Related ISBN
9780814210543
MARC Record
OCLC
680276944
Pages
169
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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