Journal of Romance Studies

Cityscape, soundscape, timescape

Wartime London, Paris and the aural poetics of urban space

Journal of Romance Studies (2015), 15, (3), 71–82.

Abstract

In this article I examine how evocations of city space were achieved by reflecting on sound in resistance poetry by Philippe Soupault and Robert Desnos. Both poets engaged with radio as producers of their own programmes but also responded to the broadcasts into France by the BBC during World War II. I then turn to more recent poetry by Jacques Réda and Jacques Roubaud where memory and sound again coalesce in the experience of the city.

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