We were pleased to see a very nice review by Natasha Grigorian of Helen Abbott‘s book Between Baudelaire and Mallarmé: Voice, Conversation and Music:
Helen Abbott’s innovative book is an important interdisciplinary study that explores the complex relationship between voice and music, on the one hand, and the verse and prose poetry by Baudelaire and Mallarmé, on the other hand. Foregrounding the key role of voice in poetry, the book draws on such diverse areas as poetic and critical writings by the two authors, rhetoric, literary theory, music, acoustics, neuroscience and physiology, among others. The monograph also shows how the aesthetic shift from Baudelaire to Mallarmé affects the reading practices relevant to each poet, a relatively understudied area to date. The poetic voice in Baudelaire and Mallarmé is examined in relation to four areas: Rhetoric, Body, Exchange and Music…
… Supplied with a number of topic-specific tables, a wideranging bibliography and a very helpful index, the book is a pleasure to read and is to be greatly recommended to anyone working on or interested in nineteenth-century French poetry and culture.
This review appears in the Journal of European Studies 41(1)