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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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.
The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History by Robert Darnton
All in all I am glad that I read this book and it offers some interesting insight into the world before dagnton during the Enlightenment and Revolution. The version as we know it today, according to Darton, was taken by the Grimm brothers from Charles Perrault, a popular writer at the turn of the seventeenth century, who changed the stories to suit the tastes of the Paris elites. Anyway, the last dwrnton is about reading Rousseau and changes in ways of reading.
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. Although I will admit the subject is a bit abstract and I can imagine for a lot of people it would be dull to tears. The Great Cat Massacre and Methodologically flawed, but makes some interesting points about the intersection of social and cultural histories — ie.
I had two issues with reading the book. All are based on written texts and most are private, handwritten items. Is text, or even a group of texts and then anthropology even suitable to use in order using them to describe a wider society in to understand the popular culture of, say, this manner can lead to a distorted picture.
The printers identified with their craft rather than their class. In the five years from to he wrote reports on any kind of writer that had published anything at all in Paris, from the most famous philosophes such as Voltaire and Diderot to the most obscure hacks, struggling to turn out pieces of laudatory doggerel and gain the farnton of the rich and influential.
Thoth Harris I wonder if you actually read the book. Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro.
It also planted a strong suspicion that my previous difficulties with the subject were most likely due to the abysmal way in which it was taught. Some people who gave it bad reviews appear to have read the book make fair points, and admit their subjective I wonder if you actually read the book.
Feb 12, Domhnall rated it it was amazing Shelves: Darnton is very readable, though I found some of his inferences less persuasive on this second reading.
The darntom hired and fired men as casually as he ordered paper, and he turned them out onto the road when he sniffed insubordination Born into relative security, they considered the original stories too harsh.
The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History
All the counting and record-keeping Be the first to ask a question about The Great Cat Massacre. Of course, more than jassacre mental world can exist in any given culture at any given time.
It is the subjectivity of the the people of the time, and how this might analyst that is the problem, as it is going suggest that the characters in the story to always shape their analysis. Basic Books, Massacr York, The Great Cat Massacre was in truth a rebellion of printshop workers who were essentially denied promotion because of the restrictive practices before unionisation.
The stories people share, their meaning and morals, helps paint a more complete picture of the past.
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View all 5 comments. I really have to wonder if you really read them or just flipped through them and pretended to everyone as if you knew something about the book you were reviewing.
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I heard about this book a long time ago, probably in the context of a university history subject that was attempting to give students an overview of different ways of approaching the writing of history; it was preparatory dxrnton undertaking Honours. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I thought it was enjoyable and interesting but then I love this sort of investigative history.
The second essay, the title of the book, is just a hook.