By Agnès Rocamora
While a lot awareness has been paid to the making of Paris within the paintings of writers and artists, little is understood in regards to the urban as outlined and created by means of the style media. Filling this hole in stories of the French capital, this unique and illuminating ebook specializes in how the French model press--with its wealthy conjunction of phrases and images--has been capable of build Paris as a number one global type city.
Based in an unique research of favor writing and photographs in modern French model magazines and newspapers, the publication indicates how the style media were important to the consecration of the town of Paris at the model map, in addition to its get together within the collective imaginary. Agnès Rocamora explores, for instance, the figures of ""la Parisienne"" and ""la passante"" (the lady passer by), and the presence of the Eiffel tower in style visuals. She provides realization to the continuum among the French journalistic discourse and that of cultural kinds similar to movies, work and literature, therefore revealing the endurance throughout texts and time of visions of Paris and laying off mild at the creation and replica of the Paris fable.
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I have discussed some of the key genres and texts that constitute the discursive field on Paris. The sheer extent of this field, however, has forced me to exclude other genres. 174 Paris, France 23 However, in Part II I pursue my discussion of the discursive construction, in France, of Paris and its construction as a place of prestige by paying particular attention to one significant site of symbolic production of the city I have so far overlooked: the French media, and more precisely the contemporary French fashion media.
111 This essence is firmly anchored in nineteenth-century Paris and the literary names that still haunt visions of the capital, for they too have made the city. 112 Contemporary shows such as the Broadway interpretation of Hugo’s own Les Misérables, like Dayan’s 2000 French television series of the same name, with actors such as Gérard Depardieu supporting its international distribution on DVD, have participated in sustaining the mythical status of Paris as ‘world capital of revolution’113 and an emblem of liberty.
Based in the capital they are also an instance of the centralization of French culture. com’. This naming of ‘Paris’ is part of a broader phenomenon, in the fashion press and the fashion industry, of capitalizing on the prestige and evocative power of the city, as I discuss in Part II. In 2002, the ‘Fédération française du prêtà-porter féminin’ joined in the well rehearsed yet inconclusive debate on decentralization in France, stating that ‘more power must be given to the regions’,54 thereby acknowledging that power lies in the hands of Parisian, as opposed to provincial, representatives of the industry.