Specially commissioned essays by specialists focus on a wide range of political, historical and cultural questions in this Companion. The book provides information and analysis on such topics as French national identity, architecture, the mass media, food, literature, cinema, intellectual culture and music. It features supplementary material that includes a chronology, illustrations and suggestions for further reading.
'This is an ideal accompaniment to an undergraduate course on French society and culture, and a book so wide-ranging and thought-provoking that it will provide much enjoyment for more advanced readers, such as postgraduates and academics.' Forum for Modern Language Studies
List of Illustrations; Chronology; Introduction: approaching modern French culture Nicholas Hewitt; 1. Modern France: history, culture and identity, 1900–45 Nicholas Hewitt; 2. Culture and identity in postwar France Giles Bousquet; 3. Architecture, planning and design Anthony Sutcliffe; 4. The mass media Jean-Claude Sergent; 5. Consumer culture: food, drink and fashion Hugh Dauncey and Keith Reader; 6. Language: divisions and debates Rodney Ball; 7. Intellectuals William Paulson; 8. Religion, culture and politics Michael Kelly; 9. The third term: literature between philosophy and critical theory Steven Ungar; 10. Narrative fiction in French Mireille Rosello and Jean Mainil; 11. Poetry Michael Bishop; 12. French theatre in the twentieth century Christophe Campos; 13. Music Colin Nettelbeck; 14. Visual culture Sarah Wilson; 15. French film Jill Forbes and Susan Harris; Index.