Paul de Kock and the Marketplace of Culture

Paul de Kock and the Marketplace of Culture Anne O 'Neil- Henry By the early July Monarchy, Paul de Kock's name had been a fixture of the Parisian literary scene for over a decade, thanks to his inexhaustible production of vaudevilles, novels, songs and occasional writings on Paris. The author who self-published his first novel, L'Enfant de ma femme in 1811, wrote consistently until his death in 1871, composing "de façon industrielle ensuite un roman en un mois chaque année" (Thérenty 668). Though known as the favored novelist of grisettes and cuisinières, he occupied "une figure particulière dans le champ littéraire: celle de l'écrivain bourgeois" (Fougère 8). If de Kock was the July Monarchy's bourgeois writer par excellence, his name itself, by the 1830s, carried a specific connotation: "Paul de Kock," signified "bad" literature, a sort of Bourdieusian marker of poor taste. As Benoît Denis indicates, it "acquiert la valeur synonymique de `mauvais style'" (45). So prevalent was "de Kock" as a critically-charged sign that Flaubert wrote to Louise Colet in 1851, "`J'ai peur de tomber dans le Paul de Kock'" (Denis 45) and in 1852, "`Ce que j'écris présentement risque d'être du Paul de Kock si je n'y mets une forme profondément littéraire'" (Fougère 9). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

Paul de Kock and the Marketplace of Culture

French Forum, Volume 39 (2) – Jan 9, 2014

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Anne O 'Neil- Henry By the early July Monarchy, Paul de Kock's name had been a fixture of the Parisian literary scene for over a decade, thanks to his inexhaustible production of vaudevilles, novels, songs and occasional writings on Paris. The author who self-published his first novel, L'Enfant de ma femme in 1811, wrote consistently until his death in 1871, composing "de façon industrielle ensuite un roman en un mois chaque année" (Thérenty 668). Though known as the favored novelist of grisettes and cuisinières, he occupied "une figure particulière dans le champ littéraire: celle de l'écrivain bourgeois" (Fougère 8). If de Kock was the July Monarchy's bourgeois writer par excellence, his name itself, by the 1830s, carried a specific connotation: "Paul de Kock," signified "bad" literature, a sort of Bourdieusian marker of poor taste. As Benoît Denis indicates, it "acquiert la valeur synonymique de `mauvais style'" (45). So prevalent was "de Kock" as a critically-charged sign that Flaubert wrote to Louise Colet in 1851, "`J'ai peur de tomber dans le Paul de Kock'" (Denis 45) and in 1852, "`Ce que j'écris présentement risque d'être du Paul de Kock si je n'y mets une forme profondément littéraire'" (Fougère 9).

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