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Beyond the Myth of Lesbian Montmartre

The Case of Chez Palmyre

Leslie Choquette

From the 1870s, lesbian Montmartre emerged as a popular subject for writers and artists seeking to represent Parisian modernity. Whether celebrated by Toulouse-Lautrec, caricatured by Forain, or castigated by Zola, Montmartre’s lesbians were

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Jeffrey H. Jackson

By the 1920s, the physical transformation in the urban space of Montmartre led two groups of artists to "secede" from the city of Paris, at least in spirit. Calling themselves the Commune Libre de Montmartre and the République de Montmartre, these painters, illustrators, poets, writers, and musicians articulated a distinctive community-based identity centered around mutual aid, sociability, and limiting urban development. They also reached out to the poor of the neighborhood through charity efforts, thus linking their fates with those of other area residents. Through these organizations, neighborhood artists came to terms with the changes taking place in the city of Paris in the 1920s by navigating between nostalgia and modernism. They sought to keep alive an older vision of the artists' Montmartre while adapting to the new conditions of the post-World War I city.

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Marie Cartier, Tad Shull, and John Ireland

Marie Cartier La Dactylographie et l’expéditionnaire: Histoire des employés de bureau (1890-1930) by Dephine Gardey

Tad Shull Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club: Popular Music and the Avant-Garde by Bernard Gendron

John Ireland La Naissance du phénomène Sartre: Raisons d’un success 1938-1945 by Ingrid Galster

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Charles Rearick

Nostalgia in its classic form—a longing for home—has commonly welled up among Parisians living far from their city. That kind of nostalgia famously afflicted soldiers called to battle, notably during the drawn-out “Great War.” It also struck civilian Parisians unable to return to their hometown during the Occupation. A more common and widespread form of Parisian nostalgia is the bittersweet remembrance of a time in the past, especially following a bout of charm-destroying changes or urbanist operations, such as those of the Second Empire and the Fifth Republic. Cultural memory has imbued one particular era with the greatest nostalgia: the so-called Belle Époque. More generally, Parisian nostalgia has focused on a memory of the disappearing petit peuple and a handful of picturesque sites, such as pre-1914 Montmartre and, in the late twentieth century, the old central Halles, Belleville, and the Rue de Lappe.

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Aaron Freundschuh, Jonah D. Levy, Patricia Lorcin, Alexis Spire, Steven Zdatny, Caroline Ford, Minayo Nasiali, George Ross, William Poulin-Deltour, and Kathryn Kleppinger

Nicholas Hewitt, Montmartre: A Cultural History (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017). Review by Aaron Freundschuh, The City University of New York—Queens College Nicholas Hewitt opens this exploration of Montmartre with the 1955 death of

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“Banal Apocalypse”

An Interview with Author Ta-wei Chi on the New Translation of The Membranes

Jane Chi Hyun Park and Ta-wei Chi

Montmartre ( Miaojin 2014 ) by the legendary lesbian writer Qiu Miaojin (Changhua County, 1969–1995). Although Qiu and I did not know each other in person, she and I were strikingly similar for having learned to write fiction by binge-watching arthouse

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Gauguin and Van Gogh Meet the Ninth Art

Postmodernism and Myths about Great Artists

Matthew Screech

abound. Vincent et Van Gogh opens in Montmartre before Van Gogh's departure for Arles (February 1888): the scene is copied from Maurice Utrillo's The Church of Saint Peter and the Dome of the Sacré Coeur ; as Sweetman comments, Sacré Coeur was not

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Nicole Hudgins

literature saw one of the heroes of Emile Zola’s novel Paris (1898) attempt to blow up the recently completed Sacré Coeur basilica on Montmartre, the same year in which Zola published “J’accuse” in the midst of the Dreyfus Affair. 41 Lambourne, “First World

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Ludivine Broch

Conscripts , xv-xvi. 29 See Tyler Stovall, Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1996); William Shack, Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story between the Great Wars (Berkeley: University of California Press

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Randolph Miller

providential and a sign of divine judgment. 55 Furthermore, the experience of the Paris Commune was sufficiently bloody to make an easy connection between 1793 and 1871. 56 In response, Catholics constructed the Sacre Cœur basilica in Montmartre. 57 The