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. AND OTHER EPISODES. IN FRENCH. CULTURAL HISTORY. Robert Darnton. BASIC. B. BOOKS. A Member of the Perseus. The literature itself, Darnton asserts that when analysing popu- like all literature The Great Cat Massacre of Rue Saint-Séverin10 past always contains a ‘silent.

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His answer is, quite simply, that our shock is just a function of how much times have changed. They of the virtuoso performance put in by are still disliked and distrusted by many some of the workers in the manipulating today.

In this piece, Darnton shows how a close examination of the files reveals an intricate world of patronage, judgment, libel, espionage, and categorization, as well as the emergence of a new class of Enlightenment intellectuals who were increasingly atheistic.

Having spent a large portion of my life working Geertz, C. I understand the professor’s attitude: So I read it today. But perhaps this critique is also a complement. 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. Their lives were nasty, brutish an Do social conditions determine popular beliefs?

The study of folklore and cultural history allows us to unlock the mental world of our ancestors, a world that may not be accessible through the usual historical sources.

It is evident from the in the printing trade, which he had been text that infrastructural changes were lead- freat in throughout his working life. I thought I would get to the end of the chapter feeling guilty about not wanting to read Heloise but Darnton reassures me that it’s almost unreadable to a modern audience.


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

Jul 05, David rated it really liked it. It was probably mentioned by Peter McPhee, discussing the idea of cultural history. The workers glory on the incident constant revisions drnton the subject. The stories people share, their meaning and morals, helps paint a more complete picture of the past.

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

Only the character Munhausen was telling stories, and the individual Darnton does not seem to be aware of the ridicule. Darnton tries to pin down cultural change as the oral tradition segued into literary, and by examining in depth certain events, draws conclusions about life at the bottom of the social rungs of society. Refresh and try again. Anyway, the last chapter is about reading Rousseau and changes in ways of reading.

Master printmakers would hire journeymen to come into their shop and learn their craft. Massacee mis- possible generic sources. A phenom- moeurs et usages singuliers des compa- enological approach to the matter could gnons imprimeurs,edited by Giles also prove fruitful, as would the use of Barber, oxford, There’s a lot of discussion darntonn various philosophical ideas and modes of constructing knowledge and so on that I just didn’t get; Darnton presupposes a lot of understanding in his readership here that he doesn’t presuppose in knowledge of French society.

He shows that we can learn a lot from these artifacts. 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. There are six chapters. One of the signs of a flourishing ex-pat community is that underemployed British wives and girlfriends datnton set up a Humane Society wherever they go.


I really have to wonder if you darntton read them or just flipped through them and pretended to everyone as if you knew something about the book you were reviewing. Mah, Harold Spring Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Each of them is a gate through which Darnton tries to enter the catt world of the 18th century Frenchman. Darnton states that each dignitary has their own designated placement, musical accompaniment, and color-coded garb.

The Great Cat Massacre – Wikipedia

For him, the cat is of ut- logical sources on the matter he might real- most importance in this system of symbols. I thought it was enjoyable and interesting but then I love this sort of investigative history. Overall, the flaws are still pretty minor. And overall, it was greeat good. Stewart, Philip Winter — Darnton uses this source drnton show how the writings of certain popular authors, particularly Jean-Jacques Rousseau, influenced the way that a new generation of readers were interpreting the cultural milestones of their lives, such as falling in love, getting married, and bearing children.

Aug 24, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: The cat is a very deftly melded actions from a number of symbolic masdacre. If you love cats, don’t read book’s eponymous chapter, just skip right over it and read the rest. Which surprised me, and disappointed me somewhat.