Mallarme on Fashion: A Translation of the Fashion Magazine La Derniere Mode, with Commentary

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April 2004



In 1874, Stephane Mallarme, the great French poet, undertook a highly idiosyncratic project--the publication of a fashion magazine called La Derniere Mode (The Latest Fashion)--that he almost single-handedly compiled. Using a variety of feminine and masculine pseudonyms to theorize about fashion and to advise on popular vacation destinations, home furnishings, and entertainment, Mallarme created a spectacularly original work. The distinguishing feature of Mallarme's magazine is that it explores the nature of fashion from the inside. While it is a genuine fashion magazine, it also satirizes the entire genre. Various theories have been entertained about the work: it has been viewed as a prose poem, a hoax, and a cynical money-making venture. Furbank and Cain, however, argue that such guesses are hopelessly off the mark. Complete with the original artwork and a contextualizing introduction and commentary, this is the definitive translation of one of French literature's greatest enigmas.


P. N. Furbank is Professor Emeritus, Open University. A. M. Cain is a Freelance Translator.

EAN: 9781859737231
ISBN: 1859737234
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 221 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von P. N. Furbank, A. M. Cain
Format: kartoniert
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