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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He shows that we can learn a lot from these artifacts.

The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history

In a sort of Rabelasian logic of social carnival, the journeymen saw the murder of the cats as retribution meted out for the wrongs perpetrated against them. Of course, more than one mental world can exist in any given culture at any given time. His answer is, quite simply, that our shock is just a function of how much times have changed.

Here is where dartnon is important. While they may only contain a most recent history. The first obtains insights into the way French peasants may have thought about their world in the middle 18th Century, by examining the stories they told their children. Basic Books, One of the apprentices imitated a cat by screaming like one for several nights, making the printer and his wife despair.

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

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 fifth chapter was, sadly, almost impenetrable for me: This is why we need to reread Mother Goose.

This massscre illustrates the conlict between the material and symbolic forms of anthro- In conclusion, anthropology and semiot- pology in their use for cultural historical ics have to be used carefully in the analysis purposes. I have become a major masssacre reader since then, and I think this book helped. Nov 05, Nastya Podhorna rated it it was amazing. This page was last edited on 7 Octoberat Converse- The point he makes on the need to deine ly, the incident saw also saw them move the instances of behaviour in the text on further away from the household, as their the basis of the speciic way they were actions led grwat them being accepted into the assembled or produced rather than their opposing micro-social zone occupied by categorization according to remote resem- the cay blances to codiied forms among the reper- tory of Western folk inluences30 is cer- The fact that the incident was thought to tainly valid.


Whether this is so they can start something that can have an exclusive committee so they can continue to feel superior and have cocktail parties to entertain themselves or they really care that much about the animals is a moot point.

It really bugged me.

It was written in by an anonymous, middle-class citizen. Naturally, I 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 masxacre study of history ended when I was Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Why are some of these seventeenth and eighteenth-century fairy tales so gory?

A third settles for light work, regular meals, and a pipe full of tobacco.

Darnton is one of the seventies scholars who have been delving into the lives of ordinary folks, a difficult task as there is relatively little written record. They reworked them in their own manner, using them to piece together a picture of reality and to show what that picture meant for persons at the bottom of the social ladder. massacee


The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history

Where they disagree is exactly into that society may be penetrated on the level of meaning attached to the ac- is a different matter. The people of the past in some ways dence.

Cxt 28, Brownguy rated it really liked it Shelves: You are just trying to appear clever. Help Center Find new research papers in: It’s one of those books that I felt I had to finish in case it got any better, and it did a bit at the last chapter.

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It also illustrates the conlict of literary texts involving popular culture between textuality and anthropology when from the historic period. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 favour of the grsat and influential.

Darnton is a true historian and is well aware of the flaws and limitations inherent in his approach, but remains at all times entertaining and smooth to read.

The danger of order to understand over-analysis has been mentioned already. 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 favo Historiographically speaking, the Great Cat Massacre is “old news”: