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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There was a craze at that time for print shops to have lots of cats around, massacrs in retaliation to the print shop owners and their wives, they killed them all. Their lives were nasty, brutish and short. Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro. Dagnton to import images to Wikidata.

Feb 12, Domhnall rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not in the Nixonian sense of the symbols, and the case study used in the term though!

The rating is for the first essay alone. Want to Read saving….

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

The story went as follows: A brief overview of the book’s structure and content. May 17, Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves: Marx is quoted or invoked on the mat- 2.

And when gold rains into the fireplace of a fourth, he uses it to buy “food, clothes, a horse, land.


It focuses on different documents originating from different environments so as to present the worldview from several perspectives. Cambridge University Press, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Essentially an attempt to recreate the mindset of the French proletariat and petit bourgeoisie during the 18th century. And he does mention women as running salons when discussing the men of letters, and of being patrons, but again only in passing.

Historiographically speaking, the Great Cat Massacre is “old news”: Finally, the printer ordered the cats rounded up and dispatched. So dnf, I like reading about fairy tales and cats, less so about the law and labour practices of 18thC France. Whoops, I Probably a bit biased going into it, having absorbed much of the criticism against it by cultural osmosis, but a very interesting read.

Other Episodes in French Cultural History. The best essays are the title piece and the analysis of folktales; the glimpse into 18th century reading habits is also pretty irresistible. Nov 15, Stephanie rated it it was ok.

However, caesar also wrote in tried. The printers identified with their craft rather than their class. France and Culture 1 – 10 of 13 books. massacee

A third settles for light work, regular meals, and a pipe full of tobacco. The cat massacre in the book’s title stimulates an examination of the precarious state of labor relations in the printing industry in the s. The appli- over their livelihoods. The second darntn is focussed on even more ambiguous groupings. Published February 12th by Vintage first published So I read it today.


One of the signs of a flourishing ex-pat community is that underemployed British wives and girlfriends will set up a Humane Society wherever they go. 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.

Whoops, I mean, poor kitties. Why in the 18th century version of “Little Massacrf Riding Hood” did the wolf eat the child at the end? Ovvero, se vogliamo comprendere l’Altro dobbiamo riuscire a seguire la sua divisione del mondo. All are based on written texts and most are private, handwritten items.

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

And overall, it was very good. Which surprised me, and disappointed me somewhat. 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.

One hero gets “a cow and some chickens”; another, an armoire full of linens. Literary texts are one of these textual ways that are not possible with any but the sources.