Journalistic Intermediation: The Newspaper Poetics of Nerval and Baudelaire

Sarah Gubbins*

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This article analyses interconnections between the newspaper press and the creative processes of Gérard de Nerval and Charles Baudelaire. From Nerval's dizzying challenge to press restrictions in Les Faux Saulniers (1850), to Baudelaire's harnessing of the cacophony of La Presse in his placement of the petits poèmes en prose, the press environment becomes a unique site of experimentation in prose. Focusing on their exploitation of the feuilleton as a means of contending with press restrictions, I demonstrate that these poets' engagement with newspapers is inseparable from their aesthetic achievements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-150
Number of pages17
Issue number2-3
Early online date01 Sept 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 01 Sept 2023


  • Baudelaire
  • censorship
  • feuilleton
  • journalism
  • Nerval
  • poetry
  • prose


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