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. In Paris in the s, Robert Darnton | Published in History Today Volume 34 Issue 8 August 19th-century illustration of a. The Great Cat Massacre has ratings and reviews. Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro.

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As act author states, finding something that doesn’t make sense to us what is so funny about putting local cats on trial and hanging them? This essay is on fairy tales from France that we mostly have versions of.

Each chapter is built around a contemporary record or document, of which a sample is given at the close of the chapter.

Converse- The point he makes on the need darntob deine ly, the incident saw also saw them move the instances of behaviour in the text on further away from the household, as their the basis of the speciic way they were actions led to them being mmassacre into the assembled or produced rather than their opposing micro-social zone occupied by categorization according to remote resem- the journeymen blances to codiied forms among the reper- tory of Western folk inluences30 is cer- The fact that the incident was thought to tainly valid.

This is a cultural history of pre-Revolution France. Darnton is an intelligent and engaging writer, and the three standout essays in the collection are more than worth the price of admission.

You are just trying to appear clever. There was a craze at that time for print shops to have lots of cats around, so in retaliation to the print shop owners and their wives, they killed them all. Other books in the series. And, for the encyclopedia section, include the dates of the prior encyclopedias used for comparison? It is the one that he describes as most ‘impressionistic’ and I get the feeling he feels almost guilty over it, and certainly worries that it appears least to rely on evidence.

I read this mwssacre the essay on Perrault. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is a lot better than the UK passive princess is the reward the king, her father, gives to some handsome guy who can complete a load of stupid tasks. But the man is using folklore as real and useful evidence; I don’t think that difficulty ought to be used as an excuse here.


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 I like histories, but this one may be for the true Francophiles out there I suppose it was no great surprise to find that, although the book wasn’t quite as brilliant or as fascinating as I remembered, it still held up pretty well. All in all I am massacree that I read this book and it offers some interesting insight into the world before and during the Enlightenment and Revolution.

My favorite thing about this book is the writer’s approach to history – each of these essays is structured around an artifact of the times that he can use as an entry point to a world that was torn asunder in 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. One of the apprentices imitated a cat by screaming like one for several nights, making the printer and his wife despair. They reworked them in their own manner, using them to piece together a picture of rgeat and to show what that picture meant for persons at the bottom of the social ladder.

Literary texts are one of these textual ways that are not possible with any but the sources.

I have re-read it several times over the past 30 years and still enjoy it. French fairy tales are often very bawdy indeed. By seeing the way a jest worked in the horseplay of a printing shop two centuries ago, we may be able to recapture that missing element — laughter, sheer laughter, the thigh-slapping, Rabelaisian kind, rather than the Voltairian smirk with which we are familiar.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. These have been preserved in written form, altered to serve the different interests of the literate, and they have been transferred to other countries where they have been changed or added to — often beyond recognition — to serve the different interests of other cultures. But one day in a Paris shop, these journeymen slaughtered hundreds of cats, much to their amusement, and repeated the episode in mock trials no less than a dozen different times over the next few months.

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

France and Culture 1 – 10 of 13 books. And, for the encyclopedia section, include the Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro. Methodologically flawed, but makes some interesting points about the intersection of social and cultural histories — ie. Basic Books, New York, Massacee the character Munhausen was telling stories, and the individual Darnton does not seem to be aware of the ridicule.


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. It focuses on different darntln originating from different environments so as to present the worldview from several perspectives. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Flannery et al for examples of this, or Robert Darnton challenges the widely held assumption that cultural systems derive from social orders, and takes the beetle’s eye view, picking out quirky sources that reveal the viewpoint of the ‘native’, dissecting what they say to then draw conclusions about the world they lived in.

Dec 24, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: Return to Book Page. Read this for an undergrad history course. It was found to be hilarious by No. View all 30 comments. It comprises six essays, each tbe which considers a very specific aspect of life in France during fhe first half of the 18th century, using a particular incident or set of documents as a point of departure.

I heard about this book a long time ago, probably in the context of a university history subject madsacre was attempting th give students an overview of different ways of approaching the writing of history; it was preparatory to undertaking Honours.

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

I have become a major history reader since then, and I think this book helped. Todos os livros do R.

The debate so far has proven lacapra point out that it was written in quite interesting and thought massacee, the third person, rather than the irst, but is still a ield in which much more work hardly standard practice for an autobi- can be done, with new approaches to be ography.

Having spent a large portion of my life working Geertz, C. Which surprised me, and disappointed me somewhat. This means that anthropology can only be partially applied cal historian, there is much to be found to history.

By using this site, you xarnton to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The second essay, the title of the book, is just a hook. Stewart, Philip Winter —

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