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.
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).
Acknowledgements.- Notes on Contributors.- List of Illustrations.- 1. Introduction: Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century, Richard Hibbitt.- 2. Local-Colour Literature and Cultural Nations, Josephine Donovan.- 3. They Fluttered like Moths: Exile and Cosmopolitanism in the Work of Germaine de Staël and Georg Brandes, Lynn R. Wilkinson.- 4. Crossing the Bridge: Constantinople Crowds and the Cityscape in Nineteenth-Century Travelogues, Hande Tekdemir.- 5. 'Marvellous Melbourne': Image of a Colonial Metropolis, Timothy Chandler.- 6. Capitalising (on) World Literature: Brussels as Shadow Capital of Modernity/Modernism, Theo D'haen.- 7. The Rise of a Small Cultural Capital: Brussels at the End of the Nineteenth Century, Laurence Brogniez, Tatiana Debroux and Judith le Maire.- 8. From Les Mystères de Paris to Les Mystères de Saint-Pétersbourg: Transfers, Translations and Reconstructions, Anna Lushenkova-Foscolo.- 9. (De-)Localising Capital: Lines of Flight from Zola's Mystères de Marseille, Michael G. Kelly.- 10. Bayreuth: Capital and Anti-Capital, Nicholas Vazsonyi.- 11. Luminous Munich and Beyond: the 'Schwabinger Bohème', Margit Dirscherl.- 12. The Symbolist Novel as Transnational Capital, Richard Hibbitt.- Index.-