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Macklin , Gerald M (2010) 'Making an ass of himself - 'Bottom' by Arthur Rimbaud'. French Studies Bulletin: A Quarterly Supplement, 114 . pp. 4-6. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This paper looks at Arthur Rimbaud's enigmatic little poem 'Bottom' from the prose poetry collection, the ILLUMINATIONS. It looks at some previous approaches to the poem and then proceeds to look at Rimbaud's self-presentation in the piece. Rimbaud's predilection for metamorphosis and changing identity as well as his tendency to portray aspects of his own failure in love and art come under examination. The sexual content of the text is also scrutinized and the conclusion is that in the poem Rimbaud sets out to make an ass of hiomself in every sense.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:prose poem ass identity
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > European Languages and Studies
ID Code:19037
Deposited By:Dr Gerald Macklin
Deposited On:02 Aug 2011 06:50
Last Modified:02 Aug 2011 06:50

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