Bohemia has been an attractive concept for many years: the inspired and inspirational outsider, the artist rebelling against society, the genius with a dark side, living his or her life in smoke-filled cafés in Paris, London, New York or Berlin, dying young or dying in a garret.
Where is Bohemia today? Perhaps it's gone underground and living in cyberspace. Cultural historians Elizabeth Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Cultural Studies, University of North London, and Fred Inglis, Professor of Cultural Studies, Sheffield University help Laurie trace Bohemia via Byron and Baudelaire, Picasso and Andy Warhol.
Laurie also speaks to Paul Hodkinson, self-confessed Goth on the experience of living inside The Outside in Britain today.
Bohemians: The Glamorous Outcasts
I B Tauris
University of North London
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
Tel: 0207 607 2789
Yale University Press
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN
Tel: 0114 222 2000
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