La Vie Bohème: Problems of Representation in Murger and Larson

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Title: La Vie Bohème: Problems of Representation in Murger and Larson
Author: Zukaitis, Kat
Advisor: Schönherr, Ulrich; Allen, Elizabeth
Department: Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Comparative Literature Program
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
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Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: Bohemia is characterized by impermanence. The economic situations, love affairs, living arrangements, employment, and tastes of its inhabitants are deliberately short-lived, a feature that they encourage in order to differentiate themselves from the bourgeoisie. The art of the Bohemians, however, manifests a desire for stability and permanence that is rarely found elsewhere in their lives. The contradiction between the orientation of life and art contributes to the disillusionment and abandonment of Bohemia in Murger; Larson, however, attempts to reconcile the contradiction by insisting on a celebration of the ephemeral, that is, living only in the present.
Subject: Murger, Henri, 1822-1861. Scènes de la vie de Bohème
Subject: Bohemianism in literature
Subject: Mimesis in literature
Subject: Bohemianism -- in opera
Subject: Larson, Jonathan. Rent
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