Paris Bride

Paris Bride

作者:Schad, John
ISBN:9781950192649, 9781950192632
出版社:punctum books


Paris; flanerie; literary criticism; modernism; biography; collage; surrealism


“In July 1905, in Paris, a young
Anglo-French woman called Marie Wheeler became the bride of a Swiss
émigré, Johannes Schad. Immediately after the wedding, Marie and
Johannes moved to London. And there they lived for nineteen years. In
1924, however, something happened to change their lives, and Marie, in
many respects, simply disappeared.
Paris Bride is an exploration of
the lost life of Marie Schad, of whom little is known beyond a few legal
papers, a number of letters, some photographs, the diaries of a friend,
and her obituary. With so little else known of Marie’s life, this book
seeks to read her back into existence by drawing on a host of
contemporaneous texts — largely modernist texts, by Virginia Woolf,
Franz Kafka, the Paris Surrealists, Stéphane Mallarmé, Oscar Wilde,
Katherine Mansfield, and Walter Benjamin. All of the selected authors
are connected with Marie through some coincidence of time, place, or
In an attempt to do justice to Marie’s in-visibility, or to her un-life, Paris Bride
takes as its guide Wilde’s declaration that “the true function of
criticism is to see the object as in itself it really is not.” In other
words, this book seeks to evade the positivist or realist assumptions of
conventional literary criticism, and instead pursue a post-critical
method with its sources and texts. Paris Bride is not confined
to academic discourse but instead draws on a range of literary genres
and devices that are more in sympathy with the non-realist character of
modernism itself — devices such as fragmentation, flânerie, textual
collage, stream of consciousness, imagism, perspectivism, dream-text,
the absurd, etc. Ultimately, Paris Bride is a modernistic experiment in life-writing.”

作者:Schad, John
ISBN:9781950192649, 9781950192632
出版社:punctum books


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