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French Literature: A Cultural History / Edition 1
     

French Literature: A Cultural History / Edition 1

by Alison Finch
 

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ISBN-10: 0745628397

ISBN-13: 9780745628394

Pub. Date: 08/23/2010

Publisher: Wiley

This book is the first to offer a cultural history of French literature from its very beginnings, analysing the relationship between French literature and France's evolving power structures from the Middle Ages through to the present day. It shows the political connections between the elite literature of France and other aspects of its culture, from racism,

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This book is the first to offer a cultural history of French literature from its very beginnings, analysing the relationship between French literature and France's evolving power structures from the Middle Ages through to the present day. It shows the political connections between the elite literature of France and other aspects of its culture, from racism, misogyny, tolerance and liberal reform to song, street performance, advertising and cinema. The nation's literature contributed to these and was shaped by them.

The book highlights the continuities and the unique fault-lines in the society that, over a millennium, has produced 'French culture'. It looks at France's early and continuing struggle for a national identity through both its language and its literature, and it shows that this struggle co-exists with openness to other cultures and a bawdy or subtle rebelliousness against the Church and other forms of authority. En route it takes in cuisine, gardens and the French tradition in mathematics. The survey provides an accessible approach to key issues in the history of French culture as well as a wide context for specialists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745628394
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/23/2010
Series:
Polity Cultural History of Literature Series , #13
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Note on References, Bibliography and Translations x

Introduction 1

1 From the Beginnings to the Renaissance 6

2 From Sun King to Enlightenment (1630-1789) 26

3 Between Revolutions (1789-1830) 53

4 Balzac and the Birth of Cultural Studies (1830-1870) 74

5 Republic, Reaction and the Murder of Taste (1870-1913) 99

6 Despair and Optimism (1913-1944) 119

7 Commitment and Playfulness (1944-1968) 138

8 After May 1968 159

9 'Foreignness' Early and Modern 177

10 Francophone Literature: Recent Developments 199

Conclusion 220

Bibliography 222

Index 233

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