The Emergence Of Social Space: Rimbaud And The Paris Commune (Radical Thinkers)
Publish Date: 2008-01-17
Author: Kristin Ross
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The 1870s in France Rimbauds moment, and the subject of this book is a decade virtually ignored in most standard histories in France. Yet it was the moment of two significant spatial events: Frances expansion on a global scale, and, in the spring of 1871, the brief existence on the Paris Commune the construction of the revolutionary urban space. Arguing that space, as a social fact, is always political and strategic, Kristin Ross has written a book that is at once a history and geography of the Communes anarchist culture its political language and social relations, its values, strategies, and stances.
Central to her analysis of the Commune as a social space and oppositional culture is a close textual reading of Arthur Rimabauds poetry. His poems a common thread running through the book are one set of documents among many in Rosss recreation of the Communard experience. Rimbaud, Paul Lafargue, and the social geographer lise Reclus serve as emblematic figures moving within and on the periphery of the Commune; in their resistance to the logic and economy of the capitalist conception of work, in their challenge to work itself as a term of identity, all three posed a threat to the existing order. Ross looks at these and other emancipatory notions as aspects of Communard life, each with an analogous strategy in Rimbauds poetry. Applying contemporary theory, to a wealth of little-known archival material, she has written a fresh, persuasive, and original book.