Bohemians: The Glamorous Outcasts (Anglais) Relié – 1 novembre 2000
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'...a book that is intricately informative, expertly researched and highly entertaining.' --Literary Review --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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On p. 246, Mrs. Wilson gives us two paragraphs on a "certain" Dr. Walter Serner (1889-1942). She appears to know nothing about him as a writer (of brilliantly unique short stories), but insists that he eventually disappears in the Soviet Union, "perhaps in search of the bohemian's always elusive utopia".
This romanticizing nonsense is especially galling, considering that Serner suffered the usual fate the Nazis had in store for Jews: he and his wife were arrested in Prague in 1942 and murdered a few months later, probably in Auschwitz.
The author's website tells us that she has written an autobiography at age 45, and is a feminist, lesbian and social activist. I'd say stick to it.
this book is, however, an excellent overview of a subject which should have but strangely has not been accorded too much book length scrutiny. since the bohemian contingent of postpostmodern life has been co-opted into the macrocosm &, in commitment, reduced to the nanocosm, perhaps people who pick this up will be more inspired & enlightened. @this point, there is not that much better in this realm for which one can hope.
Particularly of note are the many chapters Wilson devoted to women in bohemian circles, as well as some of the other self-contradicting aspects of these counter-cultural personage's lives. Bohemians may have talked an awful lot about personal freedom and liberation, for example, but in reality many of the men kept their women in very traditional home roles. Wilson also spends time on the ways in which bohemians reacted to their haunts and activities becoming publicized or entering the mainstream which they opposed. Later chapters also touch on different philosophies and rebellious attitudes that overlapped with bohemia, such as hippies, punks, communism and postmodernism. Of course, as with many academic books, there never is a single clear answer to the stated question of who the bohemians were, if only because it changed over time.
For being an academic work, complete with extensive footnotes at the end of chapters, Bohemians: the glamorous outcasts makes for a fairly compelling read, especially since it covers such interesting topics. Wilson begins with theories about art in the modern world, and ends with a commentary on pop culture, giving it a very broad range of relevancy, in terms of potential readers at a collegiate level. I could even see it being used in a modern history survey class, at least individual chapters, though it is more geared towards history of the counter-culture or art and literature. I certainly found it to be an eye-opening look at the modern world.
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