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Open Access Tour Eiffel/Paris Metro: Symbolic Associations and the Question of Scale in Representations of Simultaneity

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With reference to work by Cendrars, Severini and Apollinaire, this article explores early twentieth-century avant-garde responses to changing conceptualizations of Space and Time (precipitated largely by advances in communication technology), focusing particularly on the aesthetic engagement with the idea of simultaneity. The centrality of the Eiffel Tower as a signature symbol for these artists is reconsidered in light of other possible influences, such as the Paris metro, in terms of the interplay between form and symbol in representations of simultaneity's perceived effects.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • The Irish Journal of French Studies is an annual international refereed journal published by the Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande. Articles in English, French or Irish are welcomed on any aspect of research in the area of French and Francophone culture, society, literature and thought. Articles published within the last two years are available free online to members and may be purchased by non-members. All other articles are available on an open access basis.

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