Rive Gauche (Sammelband)

Paris as a site of avant-garde and cultural exchange in the 1920s

Allgemeine Angaben


Elke MettingerMargarete RubikJörg Türschmann

Amsterdam, New York
Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 144
Weiterführender Link
978-90-420-3178-4 ( im KVK suchen )
Thematik nach Sprachen
Französisch, Englisch
Literaturwissenschaft, Medien-/Kulturwissenschaft
Avantgarde, Surrealismus, Paris, Expatriates


From the late 19th century onwards Paris had been a congenial locus for bohemian life. By 1920 Montparnasse had superseded Montmartre as the intellectual and artistic heart of the city, inaugurating a decade of unequalled creative achievement and innovative self-performance. These were the years of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ or années folles. “Paris” – as Gertrude Stein famously remarked – “was where the twentieth century was”. The Rive Gauche offered a carnivalesque atmosphere of liberality, where the manifold experiments of the avant-garde could breathe freely.

This volume attempts to do justice to the polyphony of voices and points up the synergies that existed between the creative activities of writers, painters, publishers, photographers and film-makers. The contributors adopt interdisciplinary approaches, casting new light on the rich and diverse artistic world of Paris in the twenties as presented in lesser known works by French artists, English and American expatriates, but also Belgian, Dutch, German, Polish or South American avant-gardists. The collection thus gives the reader a fascinating insight into artistic productions which have hitherto received comparatively little critical attention.


Table of Contents

Elke Mettinger, Margarete Rubik and Jörg Türschmann: Introduction
Dieter Fuchs: Judgements of Paris and Falling Troy – The French Metropolis as a Site of Cultural Archaeology in James Joyce’s Ulysses and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited”
Elke Mettinger: Midwives to Modernism: Three Women’s Contributions to the Making of the Avant-Garde
Margarete Rubik: Jean Rhys’s Vision of the Left Bank
Eva Müller-Zettelmann and Rudolf Weiss: “La vie toute faite des morceaux”: Intermediality and Impressionism in Jean Rhys’s Quartet
Elke Frietsch: The Surrealist Artist is Strolling around with the Little Puppy-Dog Sigmund Freud at his Heels: Perceptions of Space, the Subconscious and Gender Codifications in 1920s Paris
Petra Löffler: Picturing the Metropolis: Paris in the Eye of the Camera
Birgit Wagner: Topography of a City of Differences: René Crevel’s La Mort difficile (1926)
Sylvia Schreiber: The Pull of the Metropolis: The Années folles from a Belgian Perspective, or the Paris of Maigret
Manuel Chemineau: “Black Paris” in the 1920s and René Maran’s Novel Batouala
Friedrich Frosch: Americans in Paris: Huidobro. Girondo. Tarsiwald. Vallejo
Martina Stemberger: The Plague in Paris or Burning Cities: Bruno Jasienski versus Paul Morand
Jörg Türschmann: Claire Goll: Eine Deutsche in Paris (Une Allemande à Paris)
Herbert Van Uffelen: Studies in buitenkant – Studies in Surroundings: Edgar Du Perron and the Modernists
Bettina Thurner: “It is evil; it is beautiful; it is fascinating; it is bewildering”: Thomas Wolfe’s Paris of the 1920s
Astrid M. Fellner: “At Last Lost in Paris”: A Canadian View on the Avant-Garde Paris of the 1920s



Ersteller des Eintrags
Jörg Türschmann
Samstag, 04. Dezember 2010, 10:02 Uhr
Letzte Änderung
Mittwoch, 08. Dezember 2010, 11:33 Uhr