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

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ISBN13: 9780394729275
ISBN10: 0394729277
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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 reenacted 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 on all the activities of his native city? These are some of the provocative questions 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."

Synopsis:

Examines the history and culture of eighteenth-century France as it provides a view of the people of the cities, towns, and countryside during the Age of Enlightenment.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Merlend, November 4, 2013 (view all comments by Merlend)
This is a great book with random facts about little known histories. The first half of the book covers the origins of fairy tales and compares many of the tales to their foreign counterparts. It has wonderful commentary on the morals captivated in the tales and gives some history on evolution of some of the tales. It doesn't have much contemporary history, as much of that is American, and it focuses most of it's attention on French and German iterations of the tales. The second half of the book covers bits of other humorous history and little known events. It's a wonderful insight on how other cultures send messages and find humor. If you are a fan of random knowledge, this is a book for you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394729275
Subtitle:
And Other Episodes in French Cultural History
Author:
Darnton, Robert
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
France
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Modern - 17th Century
Subject:
National characteristics, french
Subject:
France Civilization 18th century.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
bd. 5, nr. 1
Publication Date:
19850212
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.95 x 5.15 x .7 in .5 lb

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