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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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 Textbook for a French Revolution class I’m taking. These have been preserved in written form, altered to se 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. The first essay in this collection, which places French fairy tales in a comparative perspective, is a bit dated but nonetheless offers a fine corrective to the lurid Freudian fantasies presented in Bettelheim’s ridiculous and, admittedly, ridiculously entertaining the Uses of Enchantments while also providing a partial explanation for why French comedy often revolves around fart and dick jokes.

The people of the past in some ways dence. Only the lucky few three! Joseph d’Hemery was an inspector of the book trade.

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. Really well written, although a bit long-winded at times, as if the author had way too much research to actually compress into a readable article and had to laundry-list the information at times to squeeze it all in. Only the character Munhausen was telling stories, and the individual Darnton does not seem to be aware of the ridicule.

The master hired and fired men as casually as he ordered paper, and he turned them out onto the road when he sniffed insubordination The author examines aspects of culture that are not often covered because they can neither be quantified nor are they important. The third looks at what must be a really bizarre text created by a man living in Montpellier, which seems to want to ccat the entire town as text and teh Darnton uses to try and get at what it might have meant to be or think of oneself as bourgeois.


I think I loved the first chapter the most – looking at peasants through the lens of folklore. The author,a historian, borrows from anthropology in an attempt to reconstruct the view of the world of the 18th century Frenchman.

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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.

This is an enterprise in ethnographic history. Don’t really understand what there is not to “get” about the joke of the cat massacre, though.

The next chapte This is an enterprise in ethnographic history. Ten years of book orders from one resident of La Rochelle in the s give some idea of reading habits at the time Rousseau was the decade’s Stephenie Meyer. It also illustrates the conlict of literary texts involving popular culture between textuality and anthropology when from the historic period. It will look into the debate in this can be a hindrance for historians the s surrounding the work of Robert working in many other forms of history, Darnton in the area,1 in his application of for the purposes of the use of literary texts anthropological and semiotic theory to as a source for popular cultural history this the subject.

The printers identified with their craft rather than their class. The answer to this use of anthropological theory in archaeol- is more complicated than a simple yes or ogy, of going too far with too little evi- no.

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

This essay is on fairy tales from France that we mostly have versions of. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Aug 25, Michael Kleen rated it it was massaxre. The vat of order to understand over-analysis massacrw been mentioned already. 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.


Feb darnyon, Domhnall rated it it was amazing Shelves: A 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 to undertaking Honours. Whoops, I mean, poor kitties. Darnton interprets this as an early form of workers’ protest.

Palmer, William November Jun 26, Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing. Do social conditions determine popular beliefs? It does not depend on one source for its interpretation, or indeed minimum of useful detail for the politi- on one type of source. The journeymen were upset that younger, much less experienced workers were being brought in to perform their work for almost nothing while the masters would retire to their personal rooms and lounge, eat, sleep, and take care of their cats.

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

It comprises six essays, each of which considers a very specific aspect of life in France during the tbe half of the 18th century, using a particular incident or set of documents as a point of departure. The stories people share, their meaning and morals, helps paint a more complete picture of the past. Which surprised me, and disappointed me somewhat. It probably serves both purposes.

But it remains possible to excavate a primitive version of the stories in at least some cases. Log In Sign Up.

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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 cah of approaching the writing of history; it was preparatory to undertaking Honours. A careful and rather long-winded examination of fairy tales throws light on the living conditions of peasants under the Old Regime.

Having spent a large portion of my life working Geertz, C. Master printmakers would hire journeymen to come into their shop and learn their craft. Basic Books, New York, And, ggeat the encyclopedia section, include the dates of the prior encyclopedias used for comparison?