(PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History


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  • The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History
  • Robert Darnton
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  • 03 May 2019
  • 9780394729275

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Read The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ä Robert Darnton When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730's held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they r Given the peculiarities of the Irish educational system at the end of 10th grade there was a forced choice between physics and history so my formal study of history ended when I was 14 I was happy to be rid of it at the time my brain did fine with analytical stuff like science and languages but history was just too unruly to get a handle on and it always brought down my grade average And of course at age 14 it was completely impossible to think of it as anything but uselessNaturally I ve ended up regretting that particular gap in my education ever since The Great Cat Massacre was one of the books that helped me overcome my aversion to reading about history I Claudius was another It showed that history books didn t have to be dull and it re awakened a curiosity I thought had been stifled It also planted a strong suspicion that my previous difficulties with the subject were most likely due to the abysmal way in which it was taught It seems silly now but when I first read it in 1985 a history book that wasn t just a compilation of names dates battles and rebellions was for me an entirely novel concept So I had fond memories of the book when I undertook a re reading this past weekend After 25 years would it be as good as I remembered or would it crumble to little than that inspired title which is pure genius by any standardsA brief overview of the book s structure and content It comprises six essays each of which considers a very specific aspect of life in France during the first half of the 18th century using a particular incident or set of documents as a point of departure The cat massacre in the book s title stimulates an examination of the precarious state of labor relations in the printing industry in the 1730s An extensive description of the town of Montpellier in 1768 by an anonymous but solidly bourgeois citizens provides a remarkable glimpse of the power structure relationships between the different classes and prevailing attitudes Part of the responsibility of Joseph d Hemery a Parisian police officer was the tracking of potentially seditious documents and their authors as a result he amassed an archive containing dossiers on 500 writers and intellectuals Ten years of book orders from one resident of La Rochelle in the 1770s give some idea of reading habits at the time Rousseau was the decade s Stephenie Meyer In the remaining two chapters Darnton considers the particularly gruesome nature of French folk tales and the organization of Diderot s Encyclopedia respectively I suppose it was no great surprise to find that although the book wasn t uite as brilliant or as fascinating as I remembered it still held up pretty well Darnton is very readable though I found some of his inferences less persuasive on this second reading The best essays are the title piece and the analysis of folktales the glimpse into 18th century reading habits is also pretty irresistible The other three essays were for me problematic there s an awful lot of listing going on with Darnton s commentary being either perfunctory or unpersuasive or both Overall the flaws are still pretty minor Darnton is an intelligent and engaging writer and the three standout essays in the collection are than worth the price of admission Though I m mentally giving it 35 stars this time around I m than happy to round it back to the original 4 stars

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The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History

Read The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ä Robert Darnton Eenacted it in pantomime some twenty times Why in the 18th century version of Little Red Riding Hood did the wolf eat the child at the end What did the anonymous townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier This is an enterprise in ethnographic history The authora historian borrows from anthropology in an attempt to reconstruct the view of the world of the 18th century Frenchman It focuses on different documents originating from different environments so as to present the worldview from several perspectives First it s the peasants and their fairy tales The authentic ones not those rewrote by Perrault or the Grimms Second it s an accout of a cat massacre by some journeymen 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 Each of them is a gate through which Darnton tries to enter the mental world of the 18th century Frenchman Some of the studied documents show a wish and need to organize reality to make sense of things the description of Montpellier the inspector s files the Discourse while the others show a way of coping with a hostile world tales or killing cats It is a rather exotic journey

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Read The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ä Robert Darnton On all the activities of his native city These are some of the provocative uestions Robert Darnton attempts to answer in this dazzling series of essays that probe the ways of thought in what we like to call The Age of Enlightenment This review is for the 2nd chapter alone the titular essay the introduction which i read as the focus of an essay for a history course lmaothis is my first introduction to such a distinctly ethnographic particularist approach in studying history and i really enjoyed reading this and analysing its significance and function in understanding the French world of the mid eighteenth century its focalisation of the working class and subversion of higher culture is really refreshing to read and outside of its contents its just a really great example of the capacities of folklore or other modes of fiction to mirror and tell us about the collective beliefs and sentiments of a particular period in time


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    (PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Robert Darnton ä 9 Read & download Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ä Robert Darnton The rating is for the first essay alone This essay is on fairy tales from France that we mostly have versions of I learned three things1 The French do not have nursery rhymes2 French fairy tales are often very bawdy indeed One of them involves a girl going to have sex with two men so she can make her mind up which one she wants This is a lot better than the UK passive princess is the reward the king her father gives to s

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    Read The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ä Robert Darnton Given the peculiarities of the Irish educational system at the end of 10th grade there was a forced choice between physics and history so my formal study of history ended when I was 14 I was happy to be rid of it at the time my brain did fine with analytical stuff like science and languages but history was just too unruly to get a handle on and it always brought down my grade average And of course at age 14 it

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    (PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Robert Darnton ä 9 Read & download Do social conditions determine popular beliefs Robert Darnton challenges the widely held assumption that cultura

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    Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ä Robert Darnton (PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Most history of the early modern period written than a generation ago was what Robert Darnton identifies as “top down” history it is the history of royalty nobles and the intellectual elites whose ideas largely defined the times But this contribution along with Natalie Zemon Davis’ “The Return of Martin Guerre” and Carlo Ginzburg’s “The Cheese and the Worms” is essential in introducing a egalitarian social “botto

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    Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ä Robert Darnton Robert Darnton ä 9 Read & download (PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History This is an enterprise in ethnographic history The authora historian borrows from anthropology in an attempt to reconstruct the view of the world of the 18th century Frenchman It focuses on different documents originating from different environments so as to present the worldview from several perspectives First it's the p

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    (PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History The first chapter was interesting and had me hooked on the idea of the otherness of people in the past Plus the fairy tales were wonderfully odd and interesting okay and uite disturbingThe second chapter The Great Cat Massacre has a uniue pretext and continues the otherness theme although it's even disturbing to

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    (PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ä Robert Darnton Read The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Probably a bit biased going into it having absorbed much of the criticism against it by cultural osmosis but a very interesting read

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    Read The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Robert Darnton ä 9 Read & download (PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History This review is for the 2nd chapter alone the titular essay the introduction which i read as the focus of an essay for a history course lmaothis is my first introduction to such a distinctly ethnographic particularist approach in studying history and i really enjoyed reading this and analysing its significance and function in unde

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    Read The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (PDF) The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Robert Darnton ä 9 Read & download Historiographically speaking the Great Cat Massacre is old news The profession has long since embraced the pastness of the past and sent its leading practitioners plunging into the archives to discover what was so other about the lost mentalités of 18th century French journeymen 17th century pirates c Nevertheless the titular essay retains

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