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Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century

An Alternative Mapping of Literary and Cultural Space

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  • Questions the time-honoured classification of literature by nation Explores and interrogates the writings of Walter Benjamin, Pierre Bourdieu, and Pascale Casanova Brings together experts on a wide range of cultural capitals, including Brussels, Constantinople, and Munich
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Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature (PMEL)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)


About this book

This book rethinks the notion of nineteenth-century capital(s) from geographical, economic and symbolic perspectives, proposing an alternative mapping of the field by focusing on different loci and sources of capital. Walter Benjamin’s essay ‘Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century’ identifies the French capital as the epitome of modernity. His consideration of how literature enters the market as a commodity is developed by Pierre Bourdieu in The Rules of Art, which discusses the late nineteenth-century French literary field in terms of both economic and symbolic capital. This spatio-temporal approach to culture also underpins Pascale Casanova’s The World Republic of Letters, which posits Paris as the capital of the transnational literary field and Greenwich Meridian of literature. This volume brings together essays by specialists on Bayreuth, Brussels, Constantinople, Coppet, Marseilles, Melbourne, Munich and St Petersburg, as well as reflections on local-colour literature, the Symbolist novel and the strategies behind literary translation. Offering a series of innovative perspectives on nineteenth-century capital and cultural output, this study will be invaluable for all upper-levels students and scholars of modern European literature, culture and society.

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

    Richard Hibbitt

About the editor

Richard Hibbitt is Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Leeds, UK, where he directs the Centre for World Literatures. His publications include the monograph Dilettantism and its Values (2006) and the co-edited volume Saturn’s Moons: W.G. Sebald – A Handbook (with Jo Catling; 2011).

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