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The Drowned Muse: The Unknown Woman of the Seine's Survivals from Nineteenth-Century Modernity to the Present

Anne-Gaëlle Saliot

Abstract

This book investigates the fascination surrounding the Unknown Woman of the Seine in literature and the visual arts at the end of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. ‘L’Inconnue de la Seine’, or the mask of a young dead woman said to have been dragged out of the river, has become, through its repeated representation within the avant-garde movements and popular media, both a commodity and a topic of general interest. Such luminaries as Rilke, Nabokov, Supervielle, Aragon, Horváth, Modiano, Cortázar, Man Ray, Magritte, Blanchot, Resnais,Truffaut, and Varda have expressed their infatua ... More

Keywords: Inconnue de la Seine, popular icon, cultural survival, modernity, Paris, representations of death, translatability of media, cinema, literature, visual arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198708629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708629.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne-Gaëlle Saliot, author
Assistant Professor in French Studies, Duke University