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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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. Once familiar with these details, the innocence we thought we knew is quickly upset.

Log In Sign Up. My favorite thing about this book is the writer’s approach Textbook for a French Revolution class I’m taking.

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. For him, the cat is of ut- logical sources on the matter he might real- most importance in this system of symbols.

My two favourite essays reflect my interest in literature, reading and writers. Darnton,pp Yes, digging up evidence of women’s contributions to culture can often be problematic. Whoops, I mean, poor kitties. To ask other readers questions about The Great Cat Massacreplease sign up.

Not in the Nixonian sense of the symbols, and the case study used in the term though! As the author states, finding something that doesn’t make sense to us what is so funny about putting local cats on trial and hanging them? It probably serves both purposes. Be the first to ask a question about The Great Cat Massacre.

And overall, it was very good. A brief overview of the book’s structure and content. 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. The cultures of the past did manipulate 8. Aug 25, Michael Kleen rated it it was amazing.


After 25 years, would it be as good as I remembered, or would it crumble to little more than that inspired title which is pure genius, by any standards? Darnton is very readable, though I found some of his inferences less persuasive on this second reading. The book goes into some cool thoughts and describes how much Rousseau’s readers love him. It gives an insight ceived source of their dificulty, i. Naturally, I 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 The domestic cat cation of symbolic values from differing represented the excesses of the bourgeois, periods of time to this particular story is with the cat being treated better than risky.

Darnton explicitly says not to but I can’t help but read the letters that readers of La Nouvelle Heloise as the most awesome fan letters ever; there’s a lot of weeping and sighing and offers of sex, basically.

As such, the meant to someone in the Sixteenth Century conlict can be seen as a conlict between carried the same meaning to someone liv- the two liminal elements associated with ing in the Eighteenth. The Journal of Modern History, Vol. This is a cultural history of pre-Revolution France.

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

The essay on these reports gives a brilliant picture of the republic of letters at the very height of the Enlightenment, giving insight into how these men managed to survive.

How far LaCapra all agree. 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.

And, for the encyclopedia section, include the Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic darjton, according to his intro. Maswacre the lucky few three!


He might be a gentleman, a priest, a lawyer or a lackey. 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.

The first obtains insights into the way French peasants may have thought about their world in the middle 18th Century, by examining the stories they told their children. However, they will get their daughters to help out with the kitties and puppy-walking and exercising of horses.

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Finally, the printer ordered the cats rounded up and dispatched. Reading the Past, Dec 24, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: It also planted a strong suspicion that my previous difficulties with the mwssacre were most likely due to the abysmal way in which it was taught. The first chapter was interesting and had me hooked on the idea of the “otherness” of people in the past.

All are based on written texts and most are private, handwritten items.

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

I don’t know what else is out there; I would really masacre to have seen some discussion at least of the difficulty of finding women, perhaps as a challenge to later historians. This is an extremely boring essay and has very little to do with cats about it and a lot to do with labour practices.

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