Cigarettes Are Sublime

Cigarettes Are Sublime

Book Pages: 232 Illustrations: 20 b&w photographs Published: November 1993

Author: Richard Klein

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Cultural Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Theory

Cigarettes are bad for you; that is why they are so good. With its origins in the author’s urgent desire to stop smoking, Cigarettes Are Sublime offers a provocative look at the literary, philosophical, and cultural history of smoking. Richard Klein focuses on the dark beauty, negative pleasures, and exacting benefits attached to tobacco use and to cigarettes in particular. His appreciation of paradox and playful use of hyperbole lead the way on this aptly ambivalent romp through the cigarette in war, movies (the "Humphrey Bogart cigarette"), literature, poetry, and the reflections of Sartre to show that cigarettes are a mixed blessing, precisely sublime.

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Richard Klein is Professor of French at Cornell University and editor of Diacritics. He quit smoking while writing Cigarettes Are Sublime and has been nicotine-free ever since.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

1. What Is a Cigarette? 23

2. Cigarettes Are Sublime 51

3. Zeno's Paradox 77

4. The Devil in Carmen 105

5. The Soldier's Friend 135

6. "L'air du temps" 157

A Polemical Conclusion 181

Notes 195

Works Cited 203

Index 207
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1641-1 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1401-1
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