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The Thinking Space: The Cafe as a Cultural Institution in Paris, Italy and Vienna Leona Rittner

The Thinking Space: The Cafe as a Cultural Institution in Paris, Italy and Vienna

Leona Rittner

Published November 4th 2013
ISBN : 9781409438793
Hardcover
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The cafe is not only a place to enjoy a cup of coffee, it is also a space - distinct from its urban environment - in which to reflect and take part in intellectual debate. Since the eighteenth century in Europe, intellectuals and artists haveMoreThe cafe is not only a place to enjoy a cup of coffee, it is also a space - distinct from its urban environment - in which to reflect and take part in intellectual debate. Since the eighteenth century in Europe, intellectuals and artists have gathered in cafes to exchange ideas, inspirations and information that has driven the cultural agenda for Europe and the world. Without the cafe, would there have been a Karl Marx or a Jean-Paul Sartre? The cafe as an institutional site has been the subject of renewed interest amongst scholars in the past decade, and its role in the development of art, ideas and culture has been explored in some detail. However, few have investigated the ways in which cafes create a cultural and intellectual space which brings together multiple influences and intellectual practices and shapes the urban settings of which they are a part. This volume brings together an international group of scholars who consider cafes as sites of intellectual discourse from across Europe during the long modern period.