Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History / Edition 1

Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History / Edition 1

by Robert Darnton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0394729277

ISBN-13: 2900394729274

Pub. Date: 02/28/1985

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730's held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the 18th century version of "Little Red Riding Hood" did the wolf eat the child at the

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When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730's held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the 18th century version of "Little Red Riding Hood" did the wolf eat the child at the end? What did the anonymous townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city? These are some of the provocative questions Robert Darnton attempts to answer in this dazzling series of essays that probe the ways of thought in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment."

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ISBN-13:
2900394729274
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1985
Edition description:
1st Vintage Books ed
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction3
1Peasants Tell Tales: The Meaning of Mother Goose9
2Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Severin75
3A Bourgeois Puts His World in Order: The City as a Text107
4A Police Inspector Sorts His Files: The Anatomy of the Republic of Letters145
5Philosophers Trim the Tree of Knowledge: The Epistemological Strategy of the Encyclopedie191
6Readers Respond to Rousseau: The Fabrication of Romantic Sensitivity215
Conclusion257
Notes265
Index285

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