Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture

Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture

by Alexandra Hughes
     
 

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With over 700 entries from an international team of contributors, this wide-ranging work crosses the traditional boundaries between disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and defines French culture in its broadest sense.

Areas covered include:

* economy
* education
* film
* food and wine
* gender and sexuality
* society
* visual

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Overview

With over 700 entries from an international team of contributors, this wide-ranging work crosses the traditional boundaries between disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and defines French culture in its broadest sense.

Areas covered include:

* economy
* education
* film
* food and wine
* gender and sexuality
* society
* visual arts.

Entries range from shorter, factual contributions to longer overview essays, and provide an essential context for anyone studying French, as well as for readers with an interest in critical theory and those pursuing comparative studies in European culture. To assist readers with their research a classified contents list identifies relevant entries within a particular field. The articles are extensively cross-referenced to provide links between subjects and conclude with annotated suggestions for further reading.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'This excellent new Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture is a vivid and widely angled snapshot made user-friendly for the non-specialist observer ... authoritative and stimulating ... this encyclopedia will define contemporary French culture for a generation. This very informative and thoughtful Encyclopedia will be a boon to all France-watchers.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Articles are lucid, informative, reliable and of value to both the novice and the expert. It is a well balanced, impressive piece of work and an essential reference tool for all relevant libraries.' - Reference Reviews

Choice
. . . a factual, accurate reference guide to contemporary French life is needed to dispel the misinformation about modern France that renders French thought suspect to some commentators. The book includes entries concerning every aspect of modern French life. Readers will be delighted to encounter unknown facts.
Library Journal
Although broad in scope, this rudimentary guide to post-1945 French and Francophone culture offers a respectable amount of authoritative information for the lay reader. The more than 700 entries include economy, fashion and design, food and drink, media, the arts, politics, sport, and more. Entries range from the brief and factual to lengthy, essay-type contributions. For instance, the description and analysis of the riots of May 1968 extend over almost four pages, whereas people usually get much briefer coverage (four or five lines). It is not always clear what criteria the editors used to determine the amount of information: Marc Chagall's entry is slightly shorter than that of Mehdi Charef, a young writer/director. Typically, entries begin with factual information and end with suggestions for further reading and numerous cross references to other related topics. An extensive index makes information easily accessible and seems more useful than the list of subject headings at the start of the book. This encyclopedia, prepared and edited by English-speaking academics, presupposes no knowledge of French or contemporary French history and institutions. Understandably, it is not comprehensive; there is no entry for the Eiffel Tower or other French monuments, for instance. Recommended especially for public libraries.--Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY
Booknews
Some 700 entries provide cultural context for anyone studying the language or pursuing any course of study which touches on contemporary French culture. Entries include abortion, advertising, Beur cinema, Jacques Brel, Coco Chanel, child care, decolonization, ecriture feminine, football, francophone press, gay activism, green politics, management style, Paris Match, regional writing, Seuil, and youth culture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415263542
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
500 Tips Series
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Alex Hughes is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Birmingham, and Keith Reader is Head of French Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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