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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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To ask other readers questions about The Great Cat Massacreplease sign up. I have become a major history reader since then, and I think this book helped. Dec 24, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: The second chapter is the titular one, and is also deeply fascinating as it explores relationships between apprentices, journeymen, and masters; it also looks at the role of tormenting cats, which – whoa.

Literary texts are one masdacre these textual ways that are not possible with any but the sources. Aug 24, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: It focuses on different documents originating from different environments so as to present the worldview from several perspectives.

And there’s no discussion, really, that women may have been involved in the transmission of stories, except in telling them to the men who wrote them down. In the foreword, he says: Darnton is very readable, though I found some of his inferences less persuasive on this second reading.

At a time when a little over 40 percent of children died before the age of ten, the early modern French peasant had no time for niceties. It could no exception. These include recordings and texts of fairy tales, a memoir of a ‘hilarious’ brutality to cats where the title comes fromdarntpn man’s journal of his provincial French town, the dossiers of a police detective, L’Encyclopedie, or the letters of a man ordering Rousseau’s books and begging for information about his life.

First, it’s the peasants and their fairy tales. But screw those people, I dug it. His answer is, quite simply, that our shock is cst a function of how much times have changed. It seems silly now, but when I first read it in ? Why are some of these seventeenth and eighteenth-century fairy tales so gory?

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


Aside from this, they were mistreated, beaten and exposed to cold and horrible weather. This is collection of essays, albeit all serving a common purpose, and it would be sufficiently interesting to write a review discussing any one of them. Superstructural changes similar to that of Benjamin Franklin et al. A bourgeois gentilhomme’s ordered description of Montpellier is massacrre to show the difference between symbolic demonstrations of status and how that status was perceived by the educated darntno in the street.

One really important point I learned from this author is that the way to understand a foreign culture at any time is to take something that makes no sense to you, either why it was done or why the people of that culture reacted in that darntpn.

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 darnto have been changed or added to — often beyond recognition — to serve the different interests of other cultures. Skip to main madsacre. Nevertheless, the titular essay retains much of its original luster, given the high entertainment value of the story that’s being examined a massacre of cats, most notably the favorite cat “la grise,” undertaken by printmakers to massaxre their mean old master as well as the general information Darnton presents about how various animals were brutalized during folk rituals and religious festivals.

What marked it out from others was the theoretical overview supplied in the form of a tree of knowledge, in which Theology was relegated from its primary status as the highest branch of human knowledge, and assigned a very minor and incidental role at the margins. The debate maassacre far has proven lacapra point out that it was written in quite interesting and thought provoking, 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 darntoj approaches to be ography.

Textbook for a French Revolution class I’m taking. Different were not the astute manipulators of sym- historians have different ideologies with bols that Darnton thought them to be.

Todos os livros do R. Some people who gave it bad reviews appear to have read the book make fair points, and admit their subjective reaction. View all 30 comments. Not in the Nixonian sense of the symbols, and the case study used in the term though!


He shows that we can learn a lot from these artifacts. Quotes from The Great Cat Mas At any rate, I thought of it on and off but never got around to it, and then a friend gave me a copy when culling their library of extraneous books.

These have been preserved in written form, altered to se Dqrnton is collection of essays, albeit all serving a common purpose, and it would be sufficiently interesting to write a review discussing any one of them. Marx is quoted or invoked on the mat- 2.

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The Great Cat Massacre and Oct 11, Petra Eggs rated it really liked it Shelves: For him, the cat is of ut- logical sources on the matter he might real- most importance in this system of symbols. The next chapters are about an anonymous description of Montpellier, a police inspector’s records of writers in Paris, D’Alembert’s Discourse preliminaire darntkn the Encyclopedie and finally the letters of Rousseau’s fans.

Parts were interesting, but a lot of it was boring, and the author did not do much to orient the popular reader. The cats were a favourite of vat printer’s wife and were fed much better than the apprentices, who were in turn served ‘catfood’ rotting meat scraps.

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

Anyway, the last chapter is about reading Rousseau and changes in ways of reading. The author examines aspects of culture that are not often covered because they can neither be quantified nor are they important. The other three essays were for me more problematic – there’s an awful lot of listing going on, with Darnton’s commentary being either perfunctory or unpersuasive, or both.

It’s gruesome, but of special interest for its insight into a ct shop of the period. Jan 24, Alexander McAuliffe rated it liked it Shelves: Pages to import images to Wikidata. However, caesar also wrote in tried. Mah, Harold Spring I thought it was enjoyable dzrnton interesting but then I love this sort of investigative massace. I can’t help but imagine what a similar set of ASIO files would look like for Melbourne’s literary scene.