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From the Publisher"Written in a fresh and vivid style, Finch's cultural history - anadmirable feat of compression and unfolding - speak compellinglyboth to specialists and to newcomers."
"This is a book to read for pleasure and self-enlightenment, to useas a model of a cultural approach to literary studies, and - mostcertainly - to recommend to students."
Modern Language Review
"Alison Finch's superbly written book brings the culturaldimension of French literature fully into focus. While revealinghow the agenda of literary study has changed, she demonstrates thatwe can engage with the great canonical texts of French literaturein new and exciting ways. The book is to be commended for itsclarity, its shrewd analyses, and its sheer readability."
Tim Unwin, Bristol University
"Written with great panache, this book locates French literaturein the wider culture of the Western world. Finch shows how, fromMarie de France to MC Solar, literature in France has alwaysintertwined with politics, history, geography, money, sex,language, gender, class and race. Women writers and the newFrancophone literatures receive welcome recognition. A remarkableachievement."
Michael Sheringham, Oxford University
"The depth and range of this book are astonishing, as itdescribes the cultural conditions out of which French literaturehas emerged as a vital component of Western civilisation from theMiddle Ages to the present day. Informative and immensely readable,it makes a compelling and humane case for the continued study ofliterature in a changing world."
Colin Davis, Royal Holloway, University of London
"French Literature – A Cultural History by AlisonFinch, offers a chronologically brilliant introduction to a subjectmatter simply steeped in risk and heritage, as well as culturaldimension. And as a result of its linearity, it enables the readerto dip in and out whilst simultaneously being informed andinspired."
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