This collection of essays by French and British humanities scholars explores the complex relationship between the two nations in the long nineteenth century. Both countries contemplated the other with admiration and anxiety, using their best enemy to shape their own national identities. Mutual (In)Comprehensions is unique in the range of its coverage, which includes artistic, literary, economic, educational, social, and historical interpretations, interactions, and appropriations. British railway engineers consider the character of the French railway worker; a French illustrator portrays with disturbing insight the social divisions of Victorian London; British agricultural writers find cause for reflection in the condition of the French peasantry; and an English Anglo-Catholic considers the lessons for her church in the history of post-Reformation French Catholicism. French architects discover something to admire in the British Gothic Revival, while geographical societies on both sides of the Channel exhibit a spirit of international co-operation. Including the work of both established academics and young scholars, the collection demonstrates the significance of Franco-British interactions over the long nineteenth century, and shows that - as ever - British culture can only be fully understood within a Continental framework, and vice versa. This volume will appeal to scholars of Victorian culture, in particular French and British nineteenth-century literature and art, as well as to academics interested in the development of national identities and international cultural relations.
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About the Author
Rosemary Mitchell is Reader in Victorian Studies and Director of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies at Leeds Trinity University, West Yorkshire. She is author of Picturing the Past: English History in Text and Image, 1830-1870 (2000), and has also published articles in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Clio, and Women's History Review, and has written nearly 150 entries for The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004).
Table of Contents
List of Images viii
Introduction Rosemary Mitchell Di Drummond Nathan Uglow 1
Part I Through the Looking Glass: Reflections on/of the National "Other"
Chapter 1 Inventing rather than Copying? Gustave Doré's Pilgrimage to London Françoise Baillet 28
Chapter 2 The "Le Play Movement" and the Construction of England's Educational Reputation Juliette Pochat 41
Chapter 3 British Railwaymen in France: The (Incomprehensions of British Railway Builders on France's Early Lines Di Drummond 55
Chapter 4 Continuity in the Land: The French Peasant in English Eyes Karen Sayer 72
Chapter 5 Pierre Loti Lies at the Bottom of Joseph Conrad's Sea of Memories Marialuisa Bignami 90
Chapter 6 "Why All The Little Men in France [are] Soldiers and All The Big Men Postillions": Dickens's Vision of France and the French in Pictures from Italy (1846) Nathalie Vanfasse 104
Chapter 7 Family Values versus the Value of Family: Carlyle's Historical Writing of the 1850s Nathan Uglow 122
Part II Association - Comparison, Conciliation, Collaboration
Chapter 8 Faith and the French: Anglo-Catholicism in the Anglo-French Historical Novels of Charlotte M. Yonge Rosemary Mitchell 150
Chapter 9 Jules Verne and 1857: From French Criticism of British Colonialism to a Franco-British Reconciliation Arkiya Touadi 179
Chapter 10 Dabs on the Canvas/Words on the Page: The Convergence of Paul Cézanne's Painting and Ernest Hemingway's Writing Claire Huguet 192
Chapter 11 Hugo and Dickens: A View of the Changing Conceptions of the Body and Punishment in France and England, c. 1789-1859 Zineb Bouizem 211
Chapter 12 French views of Victorian Architecture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: César Daly's and Napoléon Didron's Architectural Criticism Odile Boucher-Rivalain 233
Chapter 13 Interactions between the French and the British Geographical Societies at the beginning of the 1870s Isabelle Avila 245