Introduction: From Baudelaire, Flaubert and Zola to the Trial of Remy Couture. Québec in the Modern World.

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Robert F. Barsky


Consistent with our effort to study "cultural modernisms" as they crossed borders from France to Québec, this introduction considers the pervasiveness of Baudelaire’s 1857 obscenity trial, for not only did it serve to memorialize and popularize Baudelaire’s work, it also has remains a touchstone in references to work subsequently deemed obscene, right up to this very year in Quebec. Considering similarities between the Remy Couture trial and that of Baudelaire leads us to the long history of litigation regarding obscenity, and, moreover, the presentation of the materials to the court tells us something about how obscenity laws are used to weed out materials deemed “out of place” in societies such as France, England, the US and Canada.

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Barsky, R. F. (2014). Introduction: From Baudelaire, Flaubert and Zola to the Trial of Remy Couture. Québec in the Modern World. AmeriQuests, 11(1).
Author Biography

Robert F. Barsky, Vanderbilt University

Robert Barsky is the author or editor of numerous books on narrative and refugee law (Constructing a Productive Other: Discourse Theory and the Convention Refugee Hearing and Arguing and Justifying: Assessing the Convention Refugees' Choice of Moment, Motive and Host Country), on radical theory and practice (Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent and an edition of Anton Pannekoek's Workers Councils) on discourse and literary theory (Introduction à la théorie littéraire, an edited volume with Michael Holquist entitled Bakhtin and Otherness, an edited collection with Eric Méchoulan entitled The Production of French Criticism, and, most recently, an edited collection entitled Marc Angenot and the Scandal of History) and on translation -- in both theory and practice (including the translation of Michel Meyer's Philosophy and the Passions). He has been involved with a range of journals, including SubStance, for which he served as an editor, and he is the founder of 415 South Street, a literary magazine, and Discours social/Social Discourse. He is Professor of Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Vanderbilt University.