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. THE GREAT. CAT MASSACRE. AND OTHER EPISODES. IN FRENCH. CULTURAL HISTORY. Robert Darnton. BASIC. B. BOOKS. A Member of the Perseus. The literature itself, Darnton asserts that when analysing popu- like all literature The Great Cat Massacre of Rue Saint-Séverin10 past always contains a ‘silent.

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The society was obvi- tions by those involved. I can’t help but imagine what a similar set of ASIO files would look like for Melbourne’s literary scene. View all 5 comments. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

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

The next chapters are about an anonymous description of Montpellier, a police inspector’s records of writers in Paris, D’Alembert’s Discourse preliminaire to the Encyclopedie and finally the letters of Rousseau’s fans. A brief overview of the book’s structure and content. The Great Cat Massacre and Over thirty years later, the work is still an exemplar of Cultural History.

It is evident from the in the printing trade, which he had been text that infrastructural changes were lead- involved in throughout his working life. Moreover, they are all compelling, hilarious, insightful, and well argued. Some of the studied documents show a massacer and need to organize reality, to make sense of things the description of Montpellier, the inspector’s files, the Discoursewhile the others show a way of coping with a hostile world tales or killing cats.

The master hired and fired men as casually as he ordered paper, and he turned them out onto the road when he sniffed insubordination The Great Cat Massacre was one of the books that helped me overcome my aversion to reading about history I Claudius was another. Methodologically flawed, but makes some interesting points about the intersection of social and maseacre histories — ie.

The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history

Textbook for a French Revolution class I’m taking. May 17, Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves: Darnton is an intelligent and engaging writer, and the three standout essays in the collection are more than worth the price of admission. So I read it today. While the unforgiving folktales of early modern French peasants stemmed from the harsh conditions of peasant life, the refined tastes of the elites prevented them from appreciating or understanding such tales.


Although I will admit the subject is a bit abstract and I greag imagine for a cqt of people it would be dull to caf. Don’t really understand what there is not to “get” about the joke of the cat massacre, though. Second, it’s an accout of a cat massacre by some journeymen. Bibliography La Capra, D. Despite its prominence in the title and in popular culture, the namesake chapter amounts to less than one-ninth of the entire text only 29 of pages.

Naturally, I’ve ended up regretting that particular gap in my education ever since. Notify me of new comments via email. Each of them is a gate through which Darnton tries to enter the mental world of the 18th century Frenchman.

Palmer, Masssacre November This is where the book became darntob and I took a star off because I only bought the book because of the great title.

Cambridge University Press, Proceeds through six chapters, each an essay on a different aspect of Old Regime France: All are based on written texts and most are private, handwritten items.

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If she told us more about it, I don’t remember but it caused me to pick this book up at the used book store. Thoth Harris I wonder if you actually read the book.

It was written in by an anonymous, middle-class citizen. Each chapter is an isolated case-study in its own right. Six ‘episodes’ are discussed, all from pre-revolutionary France aka ‘Ancien Regime’ in roughly chronological order. The examination of analysis and the study of the use of sym- the symbols used by those people under bols both have a role to play. Other books in the series. Nevertheless, the titular essay retains much of its original luster, given the high entertainment value of the story that’s being examined a massacre of cats, most notably the favo Historiographically speaking, the Great Cat Massacre is “old news”: As Darnton shows, this task requires a detailed contextual analysis of a given subject, alongside an acute reading of the particular source that has chosen as its representative.

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I thought it was enjoyable and interesting but then I love this sort of investigative history. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Though I’m mentally giving it 3. The fourth is based on the records of a police inspector, whose task was to monitor the activities of writers in and around Paris, intervening to protect morality and the interests of the state.

The author examines aspects of culture that are not often covered because they can neither be qua This is one of the first history books I read for pleasure. Introducing Semiot- and advice. The author,a historian, borrows from anthropology in an attempt to reconstruct the view of the massaacre of the 18th century Frenchman.

One really important point I learned from this author is that the way to understand a foreign culture at any time is to take something that makes no sense to you, either why it was done or why the people of that culture reacted in that way. That doesn’t work well with the popular reader, or the student reading this on the subway.

In the early s, this process exemplified an emerging historical tradition that was—and indeed still is—known as Cultural History. Master printmakers would hire journeymen to come into their shop and learn their craft. Parts were interesting, but a lot of it was boring, and the author did not do much to orient the popular reader. A phenom- moeurs et usages singuliers des compa- enological approach to the matter could gnons imprimeurs,edited by Giles also prove fruitful, as would the use of Barber, oxford, Aug 25, Michael Kleen rated it it was amazing.

The book goes into some cool thoughts and describes how much Rousseau’s readers love him.