Gustave Kahn’s contributions as a literary writer, art critic and intellectual placed him in a unique position in the cultural field of France from the 1880s to the 1930s. His oeuvre in many ways made him a turn-of-the-century philosophe as it had a significant impact in a wide variety of areas. He was the first French poet to use free verse in a systematic manner and he was also the first to articulate a theory of this innovation. His role in the development of French Symbolist movement in the late 19th-century has no equal. Kahn’s art criticism spanned the full 50 years of his publishing career and is still read today. Gustave Kahn. Un écrivain engagé is a collection of 17 articles devoted to the multiple sides of this author including his involvement in the Dreyfus affair, the Jewish cultural renaissance, theater, urban planning, music, free thought, and socialism. These studies shed light on aspects that have not received critical attention to date. This volume attempts to show that the wide diversity of Kahn’s work finds its coherence in his belief in the role of the poet in society. This collection was co-edited with Françoise Lucbert, professor of art history at the Université Laval in Quebec City.
Richard Shryock, Associate Professor of French, was chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature from 2006 to 2012. He is the recipient of the Certificate of Teaching Excellence and the Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising. His teaching and research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and the relationship between ideology and esthetics in the fin-de-siècle France. Gustave Kahn is his third published book.
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