The Calendar in Revolutionary France: Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture, Politics

The Calendar in Revolutionary France: Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture, Politics

by Sanja Perovic
     
 

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One of the most unusual decisions of the leaders of the French Revolution – and one that had immense practical as well as symbolic impact – was to abandon customarily-accepted ways of calculating date and time to create a Revolutionary calendar. The experiment lasted from 1793 to 1805, and prompted all sorts of questions about the nature of time, ways

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One of the most unusual decisions of the leaders of the French Revolution – and one that had immense practical as well as symbolic impact – was to abandon customarily-accepted ways of calculating date and time to create a Revolutionary calendar. The experiment lasted from 1793 to 1805, and prompted all sorts of questions about the nature of time, ways of measuring it and its relationship to individual, community, communication and creative life. This study traces the course of the Revolutionary Calendar, from its cultural origins to its decline and fall. Tracing the parallel stories of the calendar and the literary genius of its creator, Sylvain Maréchal, from the Enlightenment to the Napoleonic era, Sanja Perovic reconsiders the status of the French Revolution as the purported 'origin' of modernity, the modern experience of time, and the relationship between the imagination and political action.

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"The Calendar in Revolutionary France is an exhilarating book that invites one to think about the calendar and its history in ways that move between different time scales and that complicate the terms through which we imagine historical periodization altogether."
Deborah Elise White, Nineteenth-Century French Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107566453
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/08/2015
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Sanja Perovic is Lecturer in the French Department at King's College London.

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