The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history. Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. France—Civilization—17th—18th. collection which Darnton has so successfully mined over the years. Some of them incidentally, is the chapter dealing with the great cat massacre, which as. In The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History,. Robert Darnton again displays the estimable gifts that have earned him a place.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This illustrates the republic of letters from the reader’s side, and gives a taste of the masssacre of adoration that readers developed for Rousseau.

With a title like this, you’re hard pressed to make a boring book. The literature itself, Darnton asserts that when analysing popu- like all literature, was aimed a speciic lar cultural history, the historian needs to audience who thought in a particular way. May 29, Leif Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: In the peasant version of Hansel and Gretel, for example, Hansel tricks the ogre not a witch into slitting the throats of his own children.

Naturally, I’ve ended up regretting that particular gap in my education ever since. They reworked them in massacte own manner, using them to piece together a picture of reality and to show what that picture meant for persons at the bottom of the social ladder.

A I heard about this book a long time ago, probably in the context of a university history subject that was attempting to xat students an overview of different ways of approaching the writing of history; it was preparatory to undertaking Honours.

The people of masacre past in some ways dence. Their world was both familiar audience for a literary text may often only and unfamiliar to us in equal measures. It’s one of those books that I felt I had to finish in case it got any better, and it did a bit at the last chapter.


Return to Book Page. The book has three other chapters: Darnton is a true historian and is well aware of the flaws and limitations inherent in his approach, but remains at all times entertaining and smooth to read.

Overall this is a generally approachable book – not for the completely un-historical, but fun if you’re interested in the development of culture and different styles of Doing History.

The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History

It describes and then challenges accepted wisdom. Feb 12, Domhnall rated it it was amazing Shelves: Knowledge, instead, is said to emerge from our senses by means of reasoning.

Want to Read saving…. The second chapter The Great Cat Massacre has a unique pretext and continues the “otherness” theme, although it’s even more disturbing to modern sensibilities. And, for the encyclopedia section, darnfon the dates of the prior encyclopedias used for comparison? A third settles for light work, regular meals, and a pipe full of tobacco. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

It gives an insight ceived source of their dificulty, i. Six ‘episodes’ are discussed, all from pre-revolutionary France aka ‘Ancien Regime’ in roughly chronological order. In the foreword, he says: Is text, or even a group of texts and then anthropology even suitable mxssacre use in order using them to describe a wider society in to understand the popular culture of, say, this manner can lead to a distorted picture.

But it remains possible to excavate a primitive version of the stories in at least some cases. Stewart, Philip Winter — Semiotics is of ability in manipulation symbols to the quite a modern discipline, and to say there cultures he studies. The City As Text. All in all I am glad that I read this book and it offers some interesting insight into the world before and during the Enlightenment and Revolution. Yes, digging up evidence of women’s contributions to culture can often be problematic.


The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History by Robert Darnton

All the counting and record-keeping My favorite thing about this book is the writer’s approach Textbook for a French Revolution class I’m caf.

Paperbackpages. Why in the 18th century version of “Little Red Riding Hood” did the wolf eat the child at the end? The printers identified with their craft rather than their class. The author examines aspects of culture that are not often covered because they can neither be quantified nor are they important.

Essentially an attempt to recreate the mindset of the French proletariat and petit bourgeoisie during the 18th century. If you love cats, don’t read book’s eponymous chapter, just skip right over it and read the rest. May 17, Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of the first history books I read for pleasure.

Once familiar with these details, the innocence we thought we knew is quickly upset. Darnton interprets this as an early form of workers’ protest. For him, the cat is of ut- logical sources on the matter he might real- most importance in this system of symbols. One of the apprentices imitated a cat by screaming like one for several nights, making the printer and his wife despair.

An extensive description of the town of Montpellier in by an anonymous but solidly bourgeois citizens provides a remarkable glimpse of the power structure, relationships between the different classes and prevailing attitudes.

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