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Finch, Alison

French Literature: A Cultural History

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This book is the first to offer a cultural history of French literature from its very beginnings, analysing the relationship between French literature and France’s evolving power structures from the Middle Ages through to the present day. It shows the political connections between the elite literature of France and other aspects of its culture, from racism, misogyny, tolerance and liberal reform to song, street performance, advertising and cinema. The nation’s literature contributed to these and was shaped by them.

The book highlights the continuities and the unique fault-lines in the society that, over a millennium, has produced ‘French culture’. It looks at France’s early and continuing struggle for a national identity through both its language and its literature, and it shows that this struggle co-exists with openness to other cultures and a bawdy or subtle rebelliousness against the Church and other forms of authority. En route it takes in cuisine, gardens and the French tradition in mathematics. The survey provides an accessible approach to key issues in the history of French culture as well as a wide context for specialists.

Keywords: Cultural Studies General, Literary Criticism & History, Cultural Studies General, Literary Criticism & History

Author(s)
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
2010
Language
en
Edition
1
Series
Polity Cultural History of Literature Series
Page amount
264 pages
Category
Litterary Studies
Format
Ebook
eISBN (ePUB)
9780745657196
Printed ISBN
9780745628400

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