Generic baggage: encountering other people in ‘À une passante’ and ‘Les Veuves’

Sarah Gubbins

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Baudelaire's exploitation and challenging of generic conventions have implications for readers' impressions of a text, including their perceptions of the other people with whom the speaker comes into contact. This article explores these issues in relation to two short texts: "À une passante" (a sonnet evoking one of the most celebrated Baudelairean encounters) and "Les veuves" (a poème en prose in which an apparently similar subject is treated very differently). I conclude that generic baggage can be as problematic as the heuristic assumptions we bring to our everyday dealings with other people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-16
JournalEsprit Createur
Issue number1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Mar 2018


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