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John Davidson is one of the most controversial poets of the late Victorian and Edwardian period. A precursor of modernism, he experimented with new aesthetic forms of representation, broke with many ethical taboos of his contemporaries, and merged political, evolutionary, racist and imperialist...
This article sheds new light on Jean Genet's complex notion of political commitment. It does so by focusing on a biographical event, which has been hitherto underestimated by critics: namely, his traumatic encounter with an abject travelling companion in a third-class railway carriage in the...
French preachers and philosophes used the parable of the prodigal son, like other examples of domestic order and disorder, to illustrate their versions of human nature and social relations. The preachers generally emphasized the necessity for obedience to and discipline by the husband and father...
Whether in person or in the guise of some fictional character, the figure of Eugène-François Vidocq appears regularly in the literature of the nineteenth century. In the present article, I study the figure's literary posterity and examines how the ex-convict who rose to the rank of chief of...
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