Handbook Of French Popular Culture

Author: Pierre L. Horn
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313261213
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This book presents a series of highly readable, well-documented essays describing French life styles, attitudes, and entertainments as well as the writers and performers currently favored by the French public. Several chapters explore French tastes in popular literature and other reading matter, including comics, cartoons, mystery and spy fiction, newspapers and magazines, and science fiction. Film, popular music, radio, and television are also discussed in detail, and influences from other cultures--particularly American "imports"--are assessed. The remaining essays examine French sports, leisure, eating and drinking, and relations between men and women.

The Routledge Companion To Medieval Iconography

Author: Colum Hourihane
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1315298368
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Sometimes enjoying considerable favor, sometimes less, iconography has been an essential element in medieval art historical studies since the beginning of the discipline. Some of the greatest art historians – including Mâle, Warburg, Panofsky, Morey, and Schapiro – have devoted their lives to understanding and structuring what exactly the subject matter of a work of medieval art can tell. Over the last thirty or so years, scholarship has seen the meaning and methodologies of the term considerably broadened. This companion provides a state-of-the-art assessment of the influence of the foremost iconographers, as well as the methodologies employed and themes that underpin the discipline. The first section focuses on influential thinkers in the field, while the second covers some of the best-known methodologies; the third, and largest section, looks at some of the major themes in medieval art. Taken together, the three sections include thirty-eight chapters, each of which deals with an individual topic. An introduction, historiographical evaluation, and bibliography accompany the individual essays. The authors are recognized experts in the field, and each essay includes original analyses and/or case studies which will hopefully open the field for future research.

The Hysteric S Revenge

Author: Rachel Mesch
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
ISBN: 9780826515315
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Brings into relief a critical relationship between the female mind and body that is essential to understanding the discursive position of the turn-of-the-century woman writer. This book includes novels that confront this mind/body problem through a wide variety of styles and genres that challenge conventional fin-de-siecle notions of femininity.

Forbidden Fictions

Author: John Phillips
Publisher: Pluto Pr
ISBN: 9780745312170
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French culture has long been perceived by the English-speaking reader as somehow more "erotic" than its Anglo-Saxon equivalent. This lively & accessible book shows how twentieth century French literary pornography has a self-reflexive & lucid character, situating itself, often with ironic distance, in a long tradition of erotic writing that is as old as printing itself. The opening chapter examines the history of the reception of the pornographic text in France & considers the moral & political issues that have surrounded it, from its subversive role in the ancien regime to the current feminist debates on the effects of pornography & the case for & against censorship. Subsequent chapters offer new readings of some of this century's major works of eroticism by both men & women - notably Story of the Eye, Story of O & Emmanuelle - & address the most controversial issues of contemporary sexual politics, such as objectification, sadomasochism, homoeroticism & pedophilia. Phillips argues that the pornographic genre has gradually become less phallo-centric, so that there are presently as many French women writing erotically as men. Appropriately, therefore, the last chapter deals with two recent erotic novels by female authors, one of which, Marie Darrieussecq's Pig Tales, has become an international bestseller.

The Devil In The Holy Water Or The Art Of Slander From Louis Xiv To Napoleon

Author: Robert Darnton
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812241835
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Slander has always been a nasty business, Robert Darnton notes, but that is no reason to consider it a topic unworthy of inquiry. By destroying reputations, it has often helped to delegitimize regimes and bring down governments. Nowhere has this been more the case than in eighteenth-century France, when a ragtag group of literary libelers flooded the market with works that purported to expose the wicked behavior of the great. Salacious or seditious, outrageous or hilarious, their books and pamphlets claimed to reveal the secret doings of kings and their mistresses, the lewd and extravagant activities of an unpopular foreign-born queen, and the affairs of aristocrats and men-about-town as they consorted with servants, monks, and dancing masters. These libels often mixed scandal with detailed accounts of contemporary history and current politics. And though they are now largely forgotten, many sold as well as or better than some of the most famous works of the Enlightenment. In The Devil in the Holy Water, Darnton—winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France and author of his own best-sellers, The Great Cat Massacre and George Washington's False Teeth—offers a startling new perspective on the origins of the French Revolution and the development of a revolutionary political culture in the years after 1789. He opens with an account of the colony of French refugees in London who churned out slanderous attacks on public figures in Versailles and of the secret agents sent over from Paris to squelch them. The libelers were not above extorting money for pretending to destroy the print runs of books they had duped the government agents into believing existed; the agents were not above recognizing the lucrative nature of such activities—and changing sides. As the Revolution gave way to the Terror, Darnton demonstrates, the substance of libels changed while the form remained much the same. With the wit and erudition that has made him one of the world's most eminent historians of eighteenth-century France, he here weaves a tale so full of intrigue that it may seem too extravagant to be true, although all its details can be confirmed in the archives of the French police and diplomatic service. Part detective story, part revolutionary history, The Devil in the Holy Water has much to tell us about the nature of authorship and the book trade, about Grub Street journalism and the shaping of public opinion, and about the important work that scurrilous words have done in many times and places.