Synopses & Reviews
At home in the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries, Robert Darnton is a shrewd and entertaining guide to the shifting borderlands of history and culture. These wide-ranging essays appear under various headings: "Current Events" --this section includes the wonderful story of the moment in 1792 when all the delegates in the French Legislative Assembly kissed each other; "Media," on television, pounding a newspaper beat, and tips to academics on how to get a book published; "The Printed Word," with an essay on the history of books; "The Lay of the Land," on aspects of intellectual history; and "Good Neighbors," on the relation of history to literature anthropology, and the sociology of knowledge.
This is a book about history, the media, and the history of the media.In four parts this book will go through how the past operates as an undercurrent in the present, analyze the operation of the media by specific case studies, outline a particular discipline; the history of the book, which provides a historical dimension to media studies, and lastly, to move outward from those considerations to a broad discussion of history itself and of history's neighbors within the human sciences.
"Learned and lively essays. . . . Each subject [Darnton] investigates--from the history of reading to Andrzej Wajda's film 'Danton'--has its own fascination." --
About the Author
Robert Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and the director of the University Library at Harvard University. His honors include a MacArthur Prize, the National Humanities Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and election to the French Legion of Honor. He is the author of The Great Cat Massacre and The Forbidden Bestsellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.