Rimbaud and spatial history

Summer 1988

A close reading of some of Rimbaud’s poetry and other writings, taking as its starting point Berthold Brecht’s description of Rimbaud as a traveller. Ross looks at Rimbaud’s extensive use of geography in his poems, considering his relationship to the Parnassians, the architect Elisee Reclus and the geographer Vidal de la Blanche. She looks at the development of geography as a discipline, at round-the-world expeditions in the wake of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, and at the formation of geographical societies and journals in France in the late nineteenth century.

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